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Whitetail Deer in Choctaw Country

by Ross Myers

Commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, Inc.
Dedicated 2003
Fifth Floor

Whitetail Deer in Choctaw Country by Ross Myers

The Artwork

The Whitetail Deer is named for its most distinctive feature, the large white tail or "flat" that is often all you see as the animal bounds away through tall grass. In the early 1900's as few as 500 whitetails roamed the state. By 1944, Oklahoma wildlife officials initiated a deer relocation program and today, the herd stands strong at 475,000 deer. Whitetail Deer are now Oklahoma's most abundant big game animal and record statewide deer harvests are an annual occurence and are legal game in all 77 counties.

Choctaw Country, the region highlighted in this painting, was created by the Indian Removal Act of 830, which set aside over 6 million acres in the southeast part of the Indian Territory for the Choctaw Indians. In the early 1830's, over 14,000 Choctaws moved to the area. Now referred to as Kiamichi Country, the region is truly a sports enthusiast's paradise - from the hunting areas to the variety of magnificent lakes and streams.

The Artist

Ross Myers
Ross Myers
As an artist with a vision, Ross Myers began his professional career at age 15, when he demonstrated a natural talent in bringing life to a canvas. His paintings are a reflection of his personal experiences. With oil as his medium and landscapes as his subject, Ross delivers to his viewers a feeling of passion and inspiration.

Native to Oklahoma, Ross Myers graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Tulsa in 1977. Having owned his own school for 25 years, he now continues to teach in the private sector at Ziegler's Art & Frame in Tulsa. Myers is best known for his expansive landscapes of the southwestern United States and his native Oklahoma.

Known nationally, Myers' paintings can be found in many private collections and corporate institutions. His work has been featured at galleries and museums in Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma. Currently, his work is being shown at the Edmund Craig Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas, and at the Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango, Colorado.