$ 75.00Dennis Karchner, Artist statement:
$ 75.00Just recently, Denny had the extreme pleasure of meeting a man, well known and well loved by many in Cody, his name, Sheldon Hanson. He was 70 years of age at the time of this painting. Sheldon actually lives right across the river from “Castle Rock.” As you look out the front window of Denny’s home on the Lower South Fork of the Shoshone River, which faces southwest, you see the famous landmark, called “Castle Rock” about three miles away. It juts up from the valley floor and stands all by itself. It rises several hundred above the floor of the valley. “Castle Rock” actually climbs to 6,010 feet (1,831.85 meters) above sea level. The ranch sits at about 5300 feet above sea level to give you an idea how high it is. As the “Castle Rock” sign says: “John Colter, famed among the famous breed of Mountain Men, passed this landmark late in the fall of 1807 while on business for the fur trader Manual Lisa. Searching for Indians in order to conduct trade, he also hunted salt caves reputedly located near the headwaters of this stream then known as the ‘stinking water.’ On his journey, Colter not only discovered this later named Shoshone River but he also became the first recorded white man to visit the upper Wind River, Jackson’s Hole and Yellowstone Park. His lonely trek, compounding the normal dangers of savage wilderness by mid winter passage of a broad and lofty mountain range, lives in history and legend an epic of fortitudinous exploration.” There is a lot of other history that is based around this famous landmark. To this day, you can still see the original “teepee rings” around the base. This piece is traditional oils on Masonite.
$ 11.50 $ 9.20Rustic metal and wood with metal chain hanger. Artwork by Dennis Karchner, Western Artist, entitled "The Bronze Cowboy." A cowboy's prayer:
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$ 75.00This is a "pencil" of the cocky, flamboyant and brave, golden-haired George Armstrong Custer. A general at 23, he was one of the Union's most celebrated cavalrymen. By 1865, the time of this reference photo by Civil War Photographer Matthew Brady, he had seen action in most engagements in the eastern theater. A subordinate described Custer as "the idol, as well as the idol of his men, the foremost cavalry officer of his time."
$ 55.00This is a "pencil" of a noble looking Native American which was unknown. The reference photo was taken by William Marion Pennington. Even the date of the reference photograph was not known. It was probably around 1900.
$ 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.
$ 75.00This "pencil" piece is "The Three Ubertis." Uberti is a gun manufacturer based in Italy. They specialize in the making of fine "Western Vintage Firearms," and are favorites of many collectors and shooters.
$ 75.00This is a "pencil" original done of a middle-aged Native American, "Split Sky". This is a larger version of him. Karchner actually started his "Western Collection" with a miniature of "Split Sky." F.W. Glaser, a little-known photographer, took the reference photo that Karchner used to draw from in Brockton, Massachusetts, 1909.
$ 55.00This is a "pencil" of "Slow Bull. Born in 1844, Slow Bull was an esteemed Ogallala sub chief and warrior who valiantly fought in numerous battles with the Kootenai, Blackfoot, Pawnee, Shoshone, and Apsaroke. A band of the Lakota or Teton Sioux tribe, the Ogallala inhabited the North American Plains and Prairies west of the Missouri River. The photo used for reference was taken by Edward Sheriff Curtis, circa 1890s.
$ 75.00The stunning pose of this man was taken in 1865, Richmond a week after the general surrendered at Appomattox. It totally captures the Confederate 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."
$ 55.00This is a "pencil" of "Raven Blanket,"- Nez Perce. The culturally diverse Nez Perce inhabited the Great Basin region of the United States and were skilled horse breeders and outdoor enthusiasts. The photo used for reference was taken by Edward Sheriff Curtis, circa 1890s.
$ 75.00This is a "pencil" of "The Old Cheyenne." The reference photograph was taken in 1930 by Edward S.Curtis.
$ 55.00This is a pencil of "Little Horse," an Ogallula Sioux. Photographer Frank A. Rinehart (1862-1928) took the photo used for reference. The photograph was taken in the year 1899.
$ 55.00This is a "pencil" of "Little Bird" an Arapaho which was drawn using a photograph for reference taken by photographer, Frank A. Rinehart.
$ 55.00This is a "pencil" of "Jack Red Cloud," the Son of the renowned Chief Red Cloud. Jack Red Cloud was an Ogallala chief and an esteemed warrior and orator. A band of the Lakota or Teton Sioux tribe, the Ogallala inhabited the North American Plains and Prairies region west of the Missouri River. The photo used for reference was taken by Edward Sheriff Curtis, circa 1890s.
$ 75.00Horse Capture was born near Milk River, Montana, in 1858. His tribe, the Atsina, commonly designated Gros Ventres of the Prairie, are of the Algonquian stock and a branch of the Arapaho. Their name for themselves is Aaninen, Atsina being their Blackfoot name.
$ 65.00This piece is titled "Honoring The Dead." Like elephants, bison have been witnessed returning to the bones of the "fallen" to pay their respects.
$ 75.00This is an Illustration for a 1997 story in the outdoor magazine, Pennsylvania Game News, which is a Pennsylvania Game Commission monthly publication.
$ 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.
$ 55.00This is a pencil of "Freckled Face," an Arapaho Indian. She is also the wife of "Little Bird", one of Karchners' other studies. Photographer Frank A. Rinehart (1862-1928) took the photo used for reference. The photograph was taken in the year 1898.
$ 75.00This is an Illustration for a 1999 story in the outdoor magazine, Pennsylvania Game News, which is a Pennsylvania Game Commission monthly publication.
$ 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 "pencil" is "Chief Wolf Robe," a noble Cheyenne who was drawn using a photograph for reference taken by photographer, Frank A. Rinehart in 1898.
$ 55.00This is a "pencil" of "Chief Tosh~A~Wah," (Tosawi) a Comanche. He is wearing a "Jeff Davis" hat along with a presidential peace medal around his neck. "Chief Tosh~A~Wah" was drawn using a photograph for reference taken by photographer, William S. Soule in 1868.
$ 75.00Plenty Coups was a Crow Chief and visionary leader. He allied Crow with the whites when the war for the West was being fought, because the Sioux and Cheyenne (who were opposing white settlement of the area) were the traditional enemies of the Crow. Plenty Coups had also had a vision when he was very young that non-Native people would ultimately take control of his homeland (Montana), so he always felt that cooperation would benefit his people much more than opposition.
$ 55.00This is a "pencil" of Black Bear, Chief. Black Bear was an important chief of the Northern Arapahoe. The reference photo used was taken by Frank A. Rinehart in 1899.
$ 35.00Spirit Come Down is another recent miniature that the artist did.
$ 40.00This stunning model is our friend, Sasha Livingston. She is part Apache and was born and raised in Cody, Wyoming. She now works and resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the time of my painting she is 26 years old. I met her through her mother, Nabu Livingston. Chances has it, when you are always wearing your favorite Pittsburgh Steelers garb, you're bound to run into other well-dressed fans which is what happened. Nabu and her friend were all decked out in the Steelers colors! We all stopped to chat in Cody one day and discuss our common bond. She said her daughter was a die-hard Steelers fan as well. It came up that I was an artist for Steelers Vice-President Art Rooney, Jr. and a western artist. She immediately said, you need to meet my daughter, she would be the perfect model. Frankly, I hear this a lot. Everyone knows someone for me to paint. Several weeks later, I found out Nabu's words to be very true!! Sasha came into town for a visit and we immediately set up a photo shoot with Leigh doing the honors with Nabu helping to get Sasha all ready.
$ 40.00Here is Denny's latest piece. It is titled Cheyenne Moon. The model's name is Danny Reyes. Denny's very good friend, Andrew Hogarth, photographer/writer/storyteller from Australia took the outstanding reference photograph that he used to create this painting. Andrew, in his own words describes how it all happened:
$ 60.00This is Christina Tift. She is originally from Denmark. Denny met Christina and her husband, Jeff, a few years back at the Cody, Wyoming Annual Horse Auction. They live in Sheridan, WY. They own a very large horse and mule ranch. Christina was kind enough to let Denny photograph her for a future painting.
$ 60.00This fine young man is Native American, Jay Eagle from Bullhead, South Dakota. Jay is Hunkpapa/Oglala Lakota and lives on the Standing Rock Reservation. Denny's good friend Andrew Hogarth from Sydney, Australia that is a world-famous photographer, took the first-class photograph that he used for his reference. His work has appeared in many, many national publications. Matter of fact, the photo has graced several magazine covers and other publications. This photo of Jay was taken in 1996 at the annual Crow Fair on land surrounding the Little Big Horn River near Billings, Montana. With regards to his powwow dancing, Jay has won close to two hundred 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards. Jay still has all the envelopes that his prize money was handed to him on those particular days.
$ 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 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.