I was (as many artists are) inspired by the coat of woolly hair, the massive body and sweeping horns. As I got to know a little more about the breed I discovered that the intense appearance is offset by its quiet and charming temperament. They are smart too. Way too smart. Uncanny smart and staggeringly athletic. The combination of great intelligence, naturally intense curiosity, awareness of detail, and athletic ability means that it’s not only not easy to fool a Highland, but they are capable of simply leaving a troublesome situation by vaulting over the nearest fence. So this painting is for all the smart and skillful – I salute you!