36.000 x 24.000 x 0.500 inches
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The Long Hunters
Painting - Acrylic On Cnvas
This was one of my 2007 entries for the Clovis Art Guild Old West & Rodeo Art Show. Everyone was doing "cowboy or rodeo" paintings that year, so I decided “old west" could mean something different. I did some research and a friend sent me some photos of the reinactors at the Green Mountain Man Rendezvous so I used them to create my version of the opening of the west. I also had some old photos of Lake Michigan from when we went there as a child so I used it for the cliffs.
From around 1700 to 1830, early explorers were sometimes called “Long Hunters” because they were gone so long from civilization. The lived off the land, and earned a marginal living by trapping and hunting. Washington and many others used their knowledge of the area and fighting techniques during the French and Indian Wars, and the Revolutionary war. Later, after the Lewis and Clark expeditions successful return, the Hudson Bay Fur trading Company among others was organized. Fur trading then became so successful that many species of wildlife were endangered.
Three trappers wait on the shore of Lake Michigan for fur buyers
November 19th, 2011
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