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The Autumn Empress


Prints are created using 100% archival quality ink on textured cotton paper. Each print is hand-signed on the back and includes a copy of the drawing's story. 

This drawing was originally created in pen and ink.

Please know that this print is 6x12 inches. You may need to order a frame, as this is not a standard size. (My recommendation: the online store, The Cheeky Sheep, has wonderful wood frames in odd sizes).


Story Behind the Drawing

In the Blue Ridge Mountains, white-tailed deer celebrate the Autumn Equinox with the Feather Crowning Ceremony. The ceremony, held in late September, begins with a potluck dinner. Each family brings their favorite homemade food — berry pies, nut breads, and leafy salads. After dinner, one doe is crowned the “Autumn Empress,” an honorary title for a female deer who worked hard to help the ceremony come together. The Empress is crowned with a feather headdress, complete with beads and sunflowers. Finally, the deer finish off the evening with a dance around the campfire.