This painting has been created on an artist's conk, which is a species of shelf mushroom that grow out of the sides of trees. The mushrooms are edible when still soft and the ancient Chinese thought their properties helped with sexual prowess and wisdom. They were nicknamed artist's conk because over time they harden and form a smooth surface on which artists can draw, burn, or in this case, paint an image. This painting was created for a Pheasants Forever fundraising auction and banquet and sold for $750. All monies from the sale of the artwork will benefit upland game bird habitat locally here in the Willamette Valley.