Description This is another of Dennys good friends that he met awhile back. His name is Gene Hartung. Gene was soon-to-be 72 years old at the time of this painting. Gene lives right across the Buffalo Bill Dam near Denny. He happened into Dennys store/gallery awhile back and Leigh, Dennys wife and photographer, immediately asked him if he would pose for Denny. He told her a story of how Dennys mentor, James Bama, had asked him the same question several years ago and how he had agreed to pose for James to take photos also. What a shame Bama never painted him! His loss was Dennys gain.
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 ___________________________