$ 75.00Dennis Karchner, Artist statement:
$ 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.
$ 75.00Denny's third painting of this Native American model is from his wife, Leigh's, photo shoot at the Mountain Man Rendezvous in Pinedale, WY July, 2006. He was paid handsomely to pose for Denny in Pinedale, Wyoming in July 2006 while he was there giving lectures on the Plains Indians history during the annual Mountain Man Rendezvous.
$ 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.
$ 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 Stan Bearpaw. Stan was 53 years old when this portrait was done and he is a full-blooded Cherokee. The great thing about Stan is that he is the "great, great, great nephew" of the famous "Indian Outlaw," Ned Christie.
$ 75.00This was the second in Denny's Native America series, titled "The Courter." The subject is portraying a Northern Cheyenne, circa 1860-1870 and is "looking for a bride." Portrayed, he is wearing an eagle feather war bonnet trimmed with row-after-row of Italian glass beadwork that the Native Americans traded for. Above the beads is a row of small bells. The sides of the war bonnet have rows of long, white ermine hides, otherwise known as weasel. The sleeves and sections of the front of Michael's shirt are also trimmed with hundreds of rows of ochre and turquoise glass beads. Lining his shoulders and the back of his arms are rows of human hair strands, held tightly by metal beads.
$ 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.
$ 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 piece is titled "Honoring The Dead." Like elephants, bison have been witnessed returning to the bones of the "fallen" to pay their respects.
$ 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 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.
$ 75.00This 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.
$ 65.00Denny's wife, Leigh, his reference photographer, took a fantastic photograph of this massive buffalo bull plodding through the famous Hayden Valley of Yellowstone September, 2004. The buffalo was then transformed into another shot of Hayden Valley that the artist preferred to give it more color and meaning in paint, hence the title it was subsequently given.
$ 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 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.
$ 75.00The 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.
$ 75.00Sheldon 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.
$ 75.00This 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!
$ 75.00This 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.
$ 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.
$ 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.
$ 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:
$ 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.
$ 35.00Spirit Come Down is another recent miniature that the artist did.
$ 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.
$ 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.
$ 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 "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.
$ 75.00This "pencil" is "Chief Wolf Robe," a noble Cheyenne who was drawn using a photograph for reference taken by photographer, Frank A. Rinehart in 1898.
$ 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 an Illustration for a 1999 story in the outdoor magazine, Pennsylvania Game News, which is a Pennsylvania Game Commission monthly publication.
$ 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.
$ 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 an Illustration for a 1997 story in the outdoor magazine, Pennsylvania Game News, which is a Pennsylvania Game Commission monthly publication.
$ 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.