As you look out our front window here on the Lower South Fork of the Shoshone River, which faces southwest, you see the famous landmark, called "Castle Rock" about three miles away. It juts up from the valley floor and stands all by itself. It rises several hundred above the floor of the valley. "Castle Rock" actually climbs to 6,010 feet (1,831.85 meters) above sea level. Here at the ranch we are about 5300 feet above sea level to give you an idea how high it is.

As the "Castle Rock" sign says: "John Colter, famed among the famous breed of Mountain Men, passed this landmark late in the fall of 1807 while on business for the fur trader Manual Lisa. Searching for Indians in order to conduct trade, he also hunted salt caves reputedly located near the headwaters of this stream then known as the 'stinking water.' On his journey, Colter not only discovered this later named Shoshone River but he also became the first recorded white man to visit the upper Wind River, Jackson's Hole and Yellowstone Park. His lonely trek, compounding the normal dangers of savage wilderness by mid winter passage of a broad and lofty mountain range, lives in history and legend an epic of fortitudinous exploration."

There is a lot of other history that is based around this famous landmark. To this day, you can still see the original "teepee rings" around the base.

The piece 24" x 18", traditional oils on Masonite. Original is SOLD.">
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Karchner,Denny-THE MOUNTAIN MAN OF CASTLE ROCK
THE MOUNTAIN MAN OF CASTLE ROCK / Painting Oil / 24 / Sold

Description: Leigh and I had the extreme pleasure of meeting a man, well known and well loved by many here in Cody. His name is Sheldon Hanson. He is 70 years of age. Sheldon actually lives right across the river from "Castle Rock."

As you look out our front window here on the Lower South Fork of the Shoshone River, which faces southwest, you see the famous landmark, called "Castle Rock" about three miles away. It juts up from the valley floor and stands all by itself. It rises several hundred above the floor of the valley. "Castle Rock" actually climbs to 6,010 feet (1,831.85 meters) above sea level. Here at the ranch we are about 5300 feet above sea level to give you an idea how high it is.

As the "Castle Rock" sign says: "John Colter, famed among the famous breed of Mountain Men, passed this landmark late in the fall of 1807 while on business for the fur trader Manual Lisa. Searching for Indians in order to conduct trade, he also hunted salt caves reputedly located near the headwaters of this stream then known as the 'stinking water.' On his journey, Colter not only discovered this later named Shoshone River but he also became the first recorded white man to visit the upper Wind River, Jackson's Hole and Yellowstone Park. His lonely trek, compounding the normal dangers of savage wilderness by mid winter passage of a broad and lofty mountain range, lives in history and legend an epic of fortitudinous exploration."

There is a lot of other history that is based around this famous landmark. To this day, you can still see the original "teepee rings" around the base.

The piece 24" x 18", traditional oils on Masonite. Original is SOLD.




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5745 Mockingbird Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34652
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This is the start of a series of collections. The first collection, "WESTERN ART" are various "pencils" of Native Americans, western still life, and movie actors.

The second collection is "WATERCOLORS." These are just a few of the dozens of paintings I have done over the years. For several years in the 70's I went on a "barns, old houses, sheds and spring houses binge." I was commissioned to do most all of them. All were sold and I never saw them again. At this point in time, I sure wish I had digital copies of all of them at least. Most are hanging in homes unseen by public view some hanging in places of business. I have managed to collect a few to post here. I am working to retrieve several more. Most hang in Pennsylvania, others, all over the country. Stay tuned.

I should also mention here that I was taught "watercolors" by one of the best watercolor artist of our time, the late, Thomas Helwig of Pittsburgh. I wish I would have stuck with the art form more. "I could have been a contender".maybe. You all be the judge. My "pencils" seem to "speak" more to me. I know in the art world "watercolors" always sell better than "pencils." The "pencils" seem to impress more."go figure."

My third collection is "NASCAR / PHOTOSHOP." My "pencils" and "watercolors" are somewhat of a "release" for me. I sit long ten and eleven hour days as a NASCAR artist/illustrator for Vanity Fair a/k/a VF Imagewear here in Tampa, Florida. I work on a G4 in Adobe Illustrator and PhotoShop exclusively. As a freelance artist I sit in front of my G4 here in my home studio at nights also working in PhotoShop and CorelDRAW on my PC. Mostly working on T-shirt artwork that can have as many a 50-60 layers to complete. This is what "pays the bills." If you care to see some of my other PhotoShop work please go to my personal website. You will also see some of my other forms of art that I am into. I would ask that you take the time to take a look. I ask that you please come back later.

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