$ 65.00Denny's July, 2008 offering is this fine, fine young man, grass dancer, "Waycie" Roundstone. Waycie was 26 years of age at the time of this painting. He is full-blooded, Northern Cheyenne from Lame Deer, Montana.
$ 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.
$ 75.00This oil painting features my good friend, Andy DiPiazza from Cody, WY portrayed as the famous Wyatt Earp. He looks off to the East and slowly pulls his long coattail back to ready his Colt. Yes, something evil this way comes.
$ 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.
$ 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 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.
$ 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.
$ 75.00One of Denny's latest painting is from his wife, Leigh's, photo shoot with a Native American Indian at the Mountain Man Rendezvous in Pinedale, WY. He is pictured here with his horse, "Apache," photographed in July 2006. The subject is an accomplished Actor, Stuntman, Authenticity Expert and Technical Consultant for nearly 50 motion pictures including "Dances With Wolves" and "Last of the Mohicans." His journeys have taken him all across the USA where he teaches, lectures and informs the curious public on Plains Indian history, culture, and corrects may of the myths and untruths propagated and compounded by generations of television and inaccurate historical portrayal. His mission is to undo the misunderstandings about the Native Americans from history and show the kinder, gentler side of their survival as a culture. He was kind enough to pose for Denny while he was there giving lectures on the Plains Indians history during the annual Mountain Man Rendezvous.
$ 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 a "pencil" of "The Old Cheyenne." The reference photograph was taken in 1930 by Edward S.Curtis.
$ 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 "pencil" is "Chief Wolf Robe," a noble Cheyenne who was drawn using a photograph for reference taken by photographer, Frank A. Rinehart in 1898.
$ 35.00Spirit Come Down is another recent miniature that the artist did.
$ 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.
$ 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 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.
$ 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.
$ 11.50Rustic 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 "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, and were primarily hunters. The photo used for reference was taken by Edward Sheriff Curtis, circa 1890s.
$ 249.00 $ 186.75A wonderful accessory to our oil painting by Denny Karchner, Item # AOP1268, Tom Mix - Hell Bent For Leather 1928, which features the famous silent-era movie cowboy star, Tom Mix. Made from 100% premium EnduraStran Nylon, commercial graded rated, with serged edges for added durability. Cleans easily with warm water. Made in the USA. Original painting is shown in the second photo.
$ 55.00This "pencil" was drawn using a photograph for reference taken by photographer, Eugene Pirou in Paris, France in 1896.
$ 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 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, and were primarily hunters. 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 hunters. The photo used for reference was taken by Edward Sheriff Curtis, circa 1890s.
$ 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.
$ 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.
$ 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.
$ 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.