34″H x 50″W
1981 Western Art Association Best of Show When I began this painting I considered a background in shadow “all pine trees” a dark area above the grass. I had done a careful drawing, but not in value. When I brushed on the paint, obviously that was not going to work at all. So after fiddling with it, I realized that the picture needed a feeling of vast space back there, so in lighter value I carried those hills off into the distance. This party of Sioux warriors is rather pitifully armed, flintlocks and such. One of the warriors has a telescope and he is peering at a tower of dust rising far away. He sees that the dust is raised by a large body of cavalrymen, or in Indian thinking, pony soldiers.