Blackfeet Among the Aspen–1988

33" x 20" inches
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Aspens glorify Western forests, which are so predominately conifer. Grandiose stands of pine, fir, spruce, pinyon, juniper, and cypress splash perennial green over expanses as big as Eastern states. Out West there are thrifty oaks, ubiquitous cottonwoods, box elders, desert willows, black walnuts, alders, ashes, but in the high country it is the "quaky" that often rescues a panorama from monotony. In the spring and summer the quaking species of poplar flashes sunlight like ten thousand semaphores with every breath of breeze. In autumn the aspen spends all of its golden round dollars in a day. Then in winter this second cousin the Eastern birch stands starkly against its coniferous neighbors. In this painting, against a dark background, the aspens just pop out at you. Warm white color is carried from the trees to the snow to the blanket capote worn by the first Indian rider. The Trade capotes not only provided a warm wrap for these Blackfeet horsemen, but camouflage as well. That's a Hudson's Bay trade rifle carried by the trailbreaker.