“And God saw everything that he had made. And they were very good.” –Genesis 1:31
I wanted to share with the readers of Upland Ways the artwork of my friend, Walter Bruning. Walter has been a friend of the Wayment Brothers since 2008 and he was a contributor to our blog Upland Equations, which was the precursor for Upland Ways. We asked Walter to join forces with us because of his wealth of experience in all things upland including dogs, birds, fine double guns, conservation, and even writing. Walter was one of the original board members for Pheasants Forever and wrote numerous articles for various hunting magazines. I didn’t know until recently that Walter is also an excellent artist.
In October of 2008, I had the good fortune of spending a week with Walter and my brother Shawn in the uplands of Idaho. While the hunting was tough, we shared some beautiful days together. I did not realize that this was Walter’s last hunt on wild birds until I read his website. I am honored that Shawn and I could spend this time with Walter. Be watching the next couple of weeks for a post about a banner day we shared together hunting sharptails at our favorite covert, the Royal Macnab. What a glorious day that was!
Unfortunately, Walter’s days afield are at an end, but hunting and fishing are still close to his heart. On his website, Walter wrote: “Since my hunting, shooting and fishing career is over, I paint God’s world from my memories . . . .” As you look at Walter’s paintings, it is evident that he has truly been there and done that. It’s good to know that Walter can still feel that special connection to Nature and Nature’s Creator through paintbrush and paper.
As you can see, Walter’s artwork is excellent. I should note that the paintings Walter sells on his website are original watercolors and not prints. Walter also does commissions, so if you have a scene that you want captured from your outdoor adventures keep him in mind.
The absolute coolest thing about Walter’s endeavors is that the proceeds from the paintings go to a good cause. Except for a small amount to cover his expenses, Walter donates the money to Brother Benno’s Foundation for the Poor and Homeless. Walter just started the website a few weeks ago and he has already donated more than $1,200.00 to this worthy cause.
I encourage you to check out Walter’s website, A Big Brush With Nature to see more of his work. I am sure you will find his excellent paintings visually appealing and reasonably priced. People like Walter make me want to be a better person. I am honored to call him my friend.