Feeling gruff


Michael John Hunt
Acrylic on canvas

20″ x 28″


In Michael John Hunt’s captivating painting, “Feeling gruff”, he transports us to a quiet rural scene. This masterful artwork captures a moment of curiosity and connection as a group of four Nubian goats stand by a fence, their gaze fixed upon the viewer, prompting questions of sustenance and purpose. A gentle slope stretches across the landscape, imparting a sense of tranquillity. The surrounding trees, stand tall and bare, their branches have not yet succumbed to the warmth of spring.

Amidst this serene setting, the viewer is drawn to the focal point—the four Nubian goats. Their expressive eyes, filled with both curiosity and a hint of hunger, captivate the viewer’s attention. Standing by the fence, they become the ambassadors of this rural scene, their presence evoking a sense of companionship and a yearning for nourishment.

The viewer finds themselves in a moment of uncertainty, caught between the goats’ query. “Have you brought any food?” or “What do you want?” The goats’ inquiry speaks to the universal longing for sustenance and connection. The viewer, captivated by their gaze, may wonder what role they play in this rural tableau—observer, caretaker, or simply a passing visitor. It is a gentle reminder of the intricate interplay between humans and nature, and the common desire for understanding.

“Feeling gruff” captures the essence of nature’s allure, as well as the timeless connection between humans and the animal kingdom. It serves as a reminder of our shared vulnerability and our longing for both sustenance and understanding. This painting invites the viewer to embrace the mysteries of the seasons and the beauty that can be found in the simplest of interactions.