DescriptionPlenty 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.
One of his famous quotes is: 'Education is your greatest weapon. With education you are the white man's equal, without education you are his victim and so shall remain all of your lives. Study, learn, help one another always. Remember there is only poverty and misery in idleness and dreams - but in work there is self respect and independence.'
He very much wanted the Crow to continue as a people and their customs and spiritual beliefs to carry on. His efforts on their behalf ensured that this happened.
He was the principal chief of the Mountain Crows, or the Apsalooke, of the Crow Nation.
Photographic reference was provided by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, portrait reference photograph taken by Edward S. Curtis.
The overall size of this piece is 12 x 18. Pencil on heavy-weight illustration board.
Denny Karchner, New Port Richey, FL Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement Denny's passion and love for "pencil and paints" are gaining him increased notoriety among museums and private collectors. Over the last several years, Denny has worked closely with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming and has had art included in their Annual Art Auctions. In the Fall of 2005, Denny had two pieces accepted into the prestigious "Booth Western Art Museum" for their permanent private collection. Those pieces are "Horse Capture" and "Chief Tosh~A~Wah." In 2008, the Booth purchased another piece from Denny of Jim Dunham who is one of the directors at the museum. In 2006, the family of the late, great Curt Gowdy commissioned Denny to paint his portrait which is the only portrait ever done of him. Lastly, Denny has been hired by Art Rooney, Jr., owners of the 2008 NFL Superbowl Champions Pittsburgh Steelers to paint many of the old Steelers from the 1940's on up to the 1970's Super Bowl Teams. In 2008, Mr. Rooney purchased Denny's pencil study and the oil painting of Pittsburgh Steeler, Troy Polamalu. He donated the pencil study to the John Heinz History Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and he donated the oil painting to the NFL Hall Of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. What an honor for a "Lifetime Fan" and former resident of "The Steel City."
Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows): 2005, Bay Area Artists Exhibit, Tampa, FL 2006, Progress Energy Gallery, New Port Richey, FL 2007, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery, Solo Exhibition, PA 2007, NFL Hall Of Fame, Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Canton, OH 2007, Senator John Heinz History Museum, Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA 2007, Sacred Buffalo Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Cody, WY 2008, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Annual Art Auction Exhibition, Cody, WY 2008, Senator John Heinz History Museum, Pittsburgh Sports Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA 2008, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery, Alumni Exhibition, PA ___________________________