In this painting, a seasoned buck stands proud and alert. The title of the painting— The Messenger —leaves the viewer to create a story around this contented creature. It almost appears as though there is a smile on his face. Perhaps this messenger was lucky enough to meet a lovely doe on his travels, or perhaps he carries a message that is too juicy to keep a secret. Regardless, he takes his duty seriously. The style of the painting is both realistic and expressionistic. Line, texture, and color fit together like puzzle pieces to create a well-balanced painting.