In March of 2018 we traveled north to the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge to observe the Snow Geese migration. After missing a turn, we stumbled upon a cornfield with, what appeared to be, several hundred Snow Geese in it. They kept rising up in the air and gracefully floating back to earth in small groups. I knew I didn’t want to paint hundreds of geese so I initially selected 9 to draw for this painting. That turned into 12, which eventually turned into 14 geese in order to achieve the composition that I wanted. I changed the background to provide more depth and spent some time trying to develop the colors of a late winter sky that was reflected in the snow.