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History Reimagined

The landscapes and the history of The West are a constant source of inspiration. 


As a chemist, I admire the photographers of the 1800's who created portable labs in order to document the times.  I love painting vintage photographs.  It allows me to study the photograph and interpret it, in color.  Through these works I am transported to a much quieter place and time.  

Tough Decisions 
36" x 48"

Inspired by the tough decisions that need to be made during a move.

24" x 48"

Depicting the drive to moving on through all obstacles, and inspired by the book "Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey" by Lillian Schlissel.

Encampment Below Mission Falls
18" x 24"
Painted from a photograph taken by Edward Boos in the early 1900's.  Below Mission Falls in St. Ignatius, Montana.

All Behind Us
24" x 48"

Inspired by countryside near Pine Ridge, Nebraska.  

16" x 20"

Partners making a decision.

Geronimo Against The Wall
Fort Sam Houston, Texas 1886
11" x 14"
After reading Geronimo's Story of His Life, originally published in 1906, I began to study the existing photographs of Geronimo.  I found many taken of him after he surrendered to General Miles in 1886.  Along with his band, he was transported through Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on his way to detention in Florida.  This was painted from a photograph taken of Geronimo at the fort Quadrangle.
Geronimo Enlightened
16" x 20"
Painted from a photograph of Geronimo when he was held at Mount Vernon Arsenal near Mobile, Alabama (1887-1894)
Geronimo with Feathers
15" x 30"
This was painted from one of many photographs taken of Geronimo taken at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Mo. 

Four Views on Geronimo

 each painting: 8" x 8"

Painted from photographs of Geronimo at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.


Buffalo Soldier of the 9th Cavalry 1891

16" x 20"

The Buffalo Soldier Painted from a photograph of Sgt. Morledge in South Dakota.  This photo was taken soon after the Battle at Wounded Knee.  Photographer unknown.



11" x 14"

Edward H. Boos photographed this young man on the Flathead Reservation in Northwestern Montana circa 1906.  

Ulysses S. Grant with War Horse Cincinnati

12" x 16"

Just this spring, during a History Channel documentary about Ulysses S. Grant, this photograph of Grant with a war horse flashed on the screen.  I was stunned by the beauty of the photograph.  I found that it was taken in June 1864 during the Battle of Cold Harbor by an unknown photographer.  Grant had recently been promoted, although his saddle blanket still shows only two stars.  I was struck by the ethereal quality of the background and by Cincinnati looking off into the distance.


Chief Crow Dog with Horse

18" x 24"

This is my interpretation of a photograph taken by John Alvin Anderson in 1898.  Anderson was a Swedish-American photographer who is well-known for photographing the Sioux people.  The subject is Chief Crow Dog who was a member of the Brule band of the Lakota Sioux.  Incidentally, he was part of a Surpreme Court Case name Ex parte Crow Dog, 109 U.S. 556 (1883)


Sunday Best

22" x 28"

This painting is my interpretation of a 1906 photograph by Edward H. Boos.  Boos was a noted photographer of Native peoples in Montana.  He photographed these two women on the Flathead Reservation in Northwestern Montana.  I visited the reservation last summer, and it is every bit as beautiful as it was then, including the wild flowers.


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