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.
All the clothing, regalia, props, jewelry and such are hand-made to help explain, educate and nullify myths and legends about the Plains Indians history through demonstration, story-telling and careful and accurate responses to questions posed by his audiences. This model has posed and been painted for the last 30 plus years by well-known western artists such as Frank McCarthy, James Bama, Howard Terpning.
In this image, the subject is dressed in authentic Comanche (time period 1870's) buffalo skin coat, leggings, smock, and an otter hair hat. He is holding a US-made rifle designed especially for trade to the Indians. The stock of the U.S. government-issued rifle is covered with brass decorative tacks. There were mittens hanging around his neck (not shown here) that are also made of soft leather and were designed so that the trigger finger is gloved alone while the remaining fingers are together. The trigger guards on the specially made rifles were designed with a large opening to allow for this single gloved finger. It would be hard to feel the trigger or accurately judge the pressure on the trigger with an entire hand covered by a single mitten with only the thumb free. A lot of planning and effort went into making and trading items between the trades-people and the Native Americans.
Denny's portrayal here is in full winter dress and, indicative of the harsh winter months suffered by the Plains Indians. This piece, appropriately titled, "First Snow," is the first in an on-going series of this particular subject. Denny forwarded a .jpg of this painted image to him. Much to his surprise, he responded right away and not only conveyed how much he was moved by this piece but also offered a trade of future modeling or other such services in exchange for the original. This man has been photographed and painted by many artists over the years and he states he has never requested an original before this one! Denny was so humbled and honored at this request... he was truly moved and speechless at such a compliment.
Medium is traditional oils on "Clayboard," gesso-coated Masonite.
Dimensions: 24" H x 18" W
Edition of 150.
Original has been SOLD.