$ 55.00This "pencil" was drawn using a photograph for reference taken by photographer, Eugene Pirou in Paris, France in 1896.
$ 75.00This classic pose of Grant has all of the things that Karchner looks for when he searches for the perfect shot. It has fantastic detail, many, many textures and a look that takes his breath away and hopefully yours too. The photographic reference was taken by the famous Civil War photographer, Matthew Brady in 1863. Brady is the same photographer who shot the fantastic reference that Karchner used to draw Robert E. Lee and General George Custer.
$ 75.00The stunning pose of this man was taken in 1865, Richmond a week after the general surrendered at Appomattox. It totally captures the Civil War commander's dignity and strength of character--traits that impressed the soldiers of both armies. "All appreciated the sadness that overwhelmed him," recalled Grant's aide, Horace Porter, "and he had the personal sympathy of everyone who beheld him."
$ 55.00After watching the recent HBO series, "Deadwood," it so inspired Karchner to pick up the "pencil" to do this portrait of "Wild Bill." James Butler Hickok was the man who literally put the town of Deadwood on the map, and this is where he died at the age of 39 holding the infamous "dead mans hand" while playing poker. This "pencil" was drawn using a photograph for reference from a family portrait around 1873.
$ 55.00After watching the recent HBO series, "Deadwood", it so inspired Karchner to pick up the "pencil" to do this portrait of Custer. Does his pose make for a wicked look or what? This "pencil" was drawn using a photograph for reference taken by photographer, Matthew Brady.
$ 75.00This is a "pencil" of William F. Cody in his later years. This piece was drawn using a very obscure photograph for reference that Karchner obtained from an anonymous source in Washington, D.C. This "pencil" is soon to be archived in the Buffalo Bill Historical Centers private library. For a library of 250,000 photos, the BBHC was shocked they had never seen this portrait of Cody. What a find on Karchners' part!
$ 75.00This is Gage Skinner. Gage is a cultural anthropologist, widely-traveled former Peace Corp Volunteer, Foreign Service Officer (South America), State and National Park Service Ranger (Oklahoma and the Rocky Mountain Region), professor at Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District, Fur Trade historian, re-enactor and poet. Gage posed for me in 2006 at the Mountain Man Rendezvous in Pinedale, Wyoming.
$ 75.00This is Pittsburgh Steeler Defensive End, Brett Keisel from Greybull, Wyoming. Denny posed him where he hunts, which is up on the famous Carter Mountain Range. This is located right above where Denny lived in Cody, Wyoming. He and his father Lane, have hunted this area for many years. Matter of fact, this is the very area that Denny hunted in as well. It's absolute God's Country with a view that is second to none!
$ 75.00Sheldon Hanson of Cody, Wyoming, The Sentinel of Southfork, is of one of Denny's best friends and hunting buddy. Sheldon lives in the famous valley where the Southfork of the Shoshone River flows. The river flows north to join the Northfork and forms the main branch of the Shoshone River that flows through Cody. This beautiful valley was used as a pathway by many famous mountain men including John Colter and Jeremiah Johnson to conduct their fur trade business. The valley was the main route north to Montana from the Jackson Hole area.
$ 75.00The title of Denny's newest piece is "Over The Great Divide." For those who don't know, the Continental or the "Great Divide" in the Americas is the line that divides the flow of water between the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. Rain or snow that drains on the east side of the Continental Divide flows toward the Atlantic Ocean while precipitation on the west side drains and flows toward the Pacific Ocean. The continental divide runs from northwestern Canada along the crest of the Rocky Mountains to New Mexico. Then, it follows the crest of Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental. In South America, the Continental Divide lies along the Andes.
$ 75.00This is Dustin Roush from Gillette, Wyoming. Dustin posed in July of 2006 at the DC Bar Guest Ranch, Denny's friend's guest ranch in Pinedale, Wyoming. Dustin and his family operate a very large beef cattle ranch in Gillette. Dustin was completing "guide school" classes so he can work as a licensed guide in the state. Dustin is a "master" with a lasso. He was giving lessons to all the other students. What a great kid he is as well as a pure gentleman. BTW, all the girls love this "blue-eyed Kid!"
$ 75.00This piece is titled "Spirit, Horse, Hunter" -Richard Ashburn. Mr. Ashburn is a guide from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He actually has "lived the life" of an actual mountain man for over thirty years.
$ 65.00It seems that everyone that Denny paints, becomes more than just a model, they have all become "good friends" as well. This is Denny's "good friend" Dave Behling, pronounced "Bayling." Dave is a well-known local around Cody, Wyoming. Dave is a master "leather-smith" as well as a master "gunsmith." Mr. Behling is a member of the "Single Action Shooting Society." The "society" was organized to preserve the "western style of shooting." All the members have aliases and a badge number. Dave's alias is "Buck Elliott," badge number 6177. Denny posed him with his favorite "Colt Peacemaker," a "single action" in a .45 caliber. Traditional oils on gesso-coated Masonite.
$ 75.00This is another of Denny's good friends that he met awhile back. His name is Gene Hartung. Gene was soon-to-be 72 years old at the time of this painting. Gene lives right across the Buffalo Bill Dam near Denny. He happened into Denny's store/gallery awhile back and Leigh, Denny's wife and photographer, immediately asked him if he would pose for Denny. He told her a story of how Denny's mentor, James Bama, had asked him the same question several years ago and how he had agreed to pose for James to take photos also. What a shame Bama never painted him! His loss was Denny's gain. Denny actually posed him in the exact same clothes that Bama did, except for his shirt.
$ 65.00This portrait of Jim Dunham, Director of Special Projects of the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA, is the third in the S.A.S.S. series in oils. He refers to himself as "Kid Rio," the name on his S.A.S.S. badge. Jim is one of the oldest members and one of the first to join S.A.S.S. some twenty years ago. For those of you who haven't seen the last two paintings of the S.A.S.S. members, the "Single Actions Shooting Society" is an international organization created to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. S.A.S.S. members share a common interest in preserving the history of the Old West and competitive shooting.
$ 75.00A "circuit," nowadays is called a "charge," was a geographical area that encompassed two or more local churches. Local Methodist pastors would met with their bishops annually for appointment to either a new circuit or remain at the same one, most often they were moved to another circuit. Once a pastor was assigned a circuit, it was his responsibility to visit each church in his charge at least once a year in addition to possibly erecting new churches. Because of the long distance between churches, the preachers would ride on horseback. They were called "circuit riders" or "saddlebag preachers." They traveled with few possessions, carrying only what would fit in their saddlebags. They traveled through wilderness and villages, they preached every day at any place available such as peoples' cabins, courthouses, fields, meeting houses, later, even basements and street corners. Unlike preachers of settled denominations, Methodist preachers were always on the move (most circuits were so large that it would take 5 to 6 weeks to cover their assignment). This is what boosted Methodism into the largest Protestant denomination at the time; bringing the church to the common people.
$ 65.00This portrait is Gordon Bond of Land Of Lakes, Florida. "Shiloh Jasper Green," as he refers to himself, is a member of S.A.S.S., a/k/a the "Single Action Shooting Society," a national organization of quick-draw artists and shooting competitors.
$ 75.00This was the first oil that Denny ever painted. This portraiture is of Charles Bolin from Deland, Florida. "Cypress Scout," as Mr. Bolin refers to himself, is his alias as a member of a nationwide organization called the "Single Action Shooting Society," also known by their acronym "S.A.S.S." All members of S.A.S.S. uses an alias to compete. Denny was invited to observe one of their regional shooting range competitions in Florida in December, 2005.
$ 75.00This is bronze artist extraordinaire, Don Hershberger. Don was 55 years old at the time this was painted. He lives in nearby, Clark, Wyoming. Don has lived the life of a cowboy here in Wyoming for many, many years but he has always found the time to create. His bronze work consists of cowboys, horses, Native Americans and wild animals from the area. Don has several pieces in our art gallery here in Cody.
$ 65.00Portrayed here, Alan Baker of Cody, Wyoming in character as a middle-aged, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody. This study was the first of many photos taken of Alan for this portraiture. The greatest thing about this photo, it was totally "candid," taken on the veranda of Buffalo Bill's historical hotel, "The Irma," named for his daughter. Baker was waiting patiently for his turn to play his part in the 2004 "Cody Gunfighters" re-enactment when Denny's wife, Leigh, framed this fantastic millisecond in time. Medium: acrylics.