I have been wanting to paint a Badger for the longest time, they are an important species on the grasslands. In Alberta they are a major benefit for the endangered Burrowing owl which nest in old Badger holes after the Badgers cleaned up the ground squirrels which initially made the underground burrow. I was on a trip to gather some references one day and seen this Badger just off the highway in mid day which was unusual since they are nocturnal animals. I pulled over, grabbed my camera and started heading towards it snapping pictures none stop. The Badger then walked into some tall grass where it paused for a moment, then charged me! It was quite funny actually but I found out that day that Badgers could run pretty fast that's for sure. Once the Badger decided I wasn't a threat anymore it headed back to its burrow where I snapped a few more photos which I used as references for this painting. I added a Bull Thistle in the foreground as an indication that this location is on the grasslands since Bull Thistle are practically everywhere in this region.