Description This was the second in Denny’s Michael “Bad Hand” Terry series, titled “The Courter.” Michael is portraying a Northern Cheyenne, circa 1860-1870 and is “looking for a bride.” Portrayed, he is wearing an eagle feather war bonnet trimmed with row-after-row of Italian glass beadwork that the Native Americans traded for. Above the beads is a row of small bells. The sides of the war bonnet have rows of long, white ermine hides, otherwise known as weasel. The sleeves and sections of the front of Michael’s shirt are also trimmed with hundreds of rows of ochre and turquoise glass beads. Lining Michael’s shoulders and the back of his arms are rows of human hair strands, held tightly by metal beads.
He wears a bright red, white and blue blanket wrapped around his waist. The blanket is one like those the U.S. Government gave the Indian Chiefs of that time. Just out of sight, on Michael’s chest, is a “Presidential Peace” medal, also given to the Indian Chiefs. Lastly, the fan he is portrayed holding was made from immature eagle feathers. Hanging from it are more ermine furs and leather thongs that are below his right hand. Michael hand-made all the authentic regalia that he is shown wearing.
This piece measures 17” x 23,” medium is traditional oils on “Claybord,” gesso-coated Masonite.
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 ___________________________