24 x 46 inches. January 2021 SOLD
Here’s the collab I did with BB Gwynn, Isaiah Deadhorse and the Death Song Restaurant Group that was supposed to be a foldout insert in the menus for their new Livingston restaurant “The Woodsman’s Bistro.” They were developing an aesthetic for the place that was a cross between a traditional lumber-jack theme and a more contemporary lumber-sexual theme, but wanted the wildlife in the piece to reflect their menu, so apart from the humans, ALL the wildlife depicted (animals, fish, birds etc.) were things that could actually be found on the menu either as an entree or an appetizer. Towards the end of the project however, I couldn’t get in touch with BB, Isaiah or anyone from Death Song, even Savanna who was this amazing executive assistant to both BB and Isaiah and she had been SUPER helpful when we were getting started. I can accept BB and Isaiah cutting me off, but I was surprised that I couldn’t even reach Savanna, cause her job basically is to deflect me from getting ahold of BB or Isaiah, which would mean I could at least get her on the phone, but these people pretty much disappeared! I even went back to the place they had started renovations for the restaurant, but when I showed up it was a fully operational Maverick Real Estate Partners office and I was like, “what the heck? The last time I was here they were putting in a grease pit!” I totally get the restaurant industry is messed up, and I don’t want to sound naive, but still, I was not prepared to get cut off from Savanna, because I felt like we had gotten very close almost immediately, like when I first met her I was waiting for BB and Isaiah to finish a conference call so we could start a creative meeting and Savanna was playing Mazzy Star on her laptop and I told her once I saw a stripper dance to Fade Into You and it was so beautiful I gave her $300 in ones right there on the stage and Savanna thought that was awesome and told me strippers were the best and when she was in college she was into burlesque and then once we sat next to each other while Death Song did this fancy tasting party and Savanna wanted to go out for a smoke, but it was -35 degrees and I let her sit in my truck while she smoked so she wouldn’t freeze, but I told her it was a BIG deal cause I didn’t ever let people smoke in my vehicle since I’ve been an ex-smoker for 15 years and virtually all the men in my family have died from smoking related disease and she was like, “oh thanks, I feel really bad now!” And I was like, “no, it’s cool, I just want you to know this is a special occasion.”
16 x 20 inches. February 2021 SOLD
A recent study in the Friends of Sidney Edgerton Anthropological Society Newsletter found that from 1864 - 1889 83% of all caucasian graves in Montana were dug by women (more specifically widows of the deceased). The high number of widows surviving in the territory after 1864 comes as no surprise, with Montana being renown for ushering irresponsible adventurers full of beans and lacking foresight into the region as early as 1804.
Women’s grave digging skills at the time were so admired that digging graves became an official competition at Independence Day Ranch Rodeos throughout the state. Naturally, this was the closing event, as the field would be littered with open graves by the end, and no other activities or
competitions could safely take place. Controversy began in Big Horn County in 1883 when it was discovered that the sponsors of that year’s Ranch Rodeo, the Devine Prairie Methodist Episcopal Church had purchased the plot of the festivities with the intent to turn it into a graveyard and circumvent burial labor by using the 63 graves dug by local widows during the event. For perspective, the winner of the competition, Willa Linstrum (digging a 3x8x6’ grave in a record breaking 2 hours 53 minutes) was presented with a tin thimble for her efforts.
Linstrum did not mind. “I’ve dug lots of graves for real. Truthfully, digging a grave for the sake of it was a pleasure. I didn’t have a build a coffin or anything. Just mindless busywork, a perfect way to spend Independence Day,” she said. “I’d be happy to do it even without the thimble.”
Objections came from recent Big Horn County residents Sherman Porter and Howard Merrett, who had made significant investments in developing the west’s first Undertakers Labor Alliance. Both men were notably connected and it wasn’t long after July 4 1883 that women were outlawed from digging graves for burials or recreation.
Although seldom enforced, the law exists to this day.
The Spanking (Consensual)
40 x 30 inches. March 2021 AVAILABLE
Having left the Yukon in 1892, failed prospector Almanzo Zimmermann was taken ill in the Utah Territory on his way back home to Chicago. While convalescing in Nephi, Zimmermann witnessed the needs of the settlers in the region as they transitioned from nomadic pioneers to residents. Many families in log cabin homes with open floor plans wished to break up the interiors into separate rooms. The practice was a common one, but Zimmerman noticed severe creative disputes within the individual households, especially amongst the unprecedented number of woman in each home with very specific aesthetic desires and seemingly unlimited authority over the matter with no discernible hierarchy of said authority. Zimmerman remained in Nephi as Utah reached statehood and gained considerable success as an entrepreneurial manufacturing & design consultant. Structurally, breaking up the existing cabins from the territory was a simple, but Zimmerman made himself essential to the region by developing customizable finishings for each new cabin section. Members of the family could then choose from a variety of molding, trim, wainscoting and wallpaper options and every wall could be individually designed to meet a specific person’s desires. It was common for certain areas of the cabin to be decorated entirely differently from others based on the whims of the section’s primarily inhabitant. Although the couple depicted in Haseltine’s painting are likely from the mid 20th century, viewers can see an example of Zimmerman’s design work on the wall butted against the original cabin
Pond in winter near Montana ranch
Just as they felt they must return, a man stepped into the clearing.
10 x 20 inches. February 2021 SOLD
10 x 8 inches. November 2020 SOLD
This was my piece for the Illuminated ABCs group show at the Green Door Gallery in November 2020.
In 1866, weary from four years of battle in the war between the states and one year commanding the 2nd Cavalry Division in the occupation of Texas, Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer penned a children’s book in an attempt to transition into civilian life. His manuscript, tentatively titled “Uncle George’s Mountain Tales” was a collection of stories depicting various western children who were visited and eventually saved by a benevolent red-headed fur trapper known as Uncle George. Not only was it rejected by every publishing house above the Mason Dixon line, it was deemed so ludicrous that satirical and ironic readings from the manuscript became a staple of literary Christmas parties for years to come. Haunted by this ridicule, Custer destroyed every copy of his writings he could find, accepted his appointment as Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Cavalry and abandoned any inclinations towards narrative fiction. To this day, only one story from the infamous collection remains, but even that has been impossible for me to find. From what research I’ve been able to conduct, the opening sentence was, “Just as they felt they must return, a man stepped into the clearing.” This show struck me as the perfect opportunity to imagine what an Historiated Initial at the start of this mysterious story could be as I’ve long been fascinated by what our region would look like had “Uncle George’s Mountain Tales” been worthy of publication.
6 x 6 inches. December 2020 SOLD
Two Men and their hole
6 x 6 inches. December 2020 SOLD
siding - here it’s cherry wainscoting and sego lily wallpaper. The rest of the walls in the cabin not seen in the painting could be decorated with up to 12 different design combinations. In 1898, Zimmerman met with the Sears & Roebuck Company to discuss a possible collaboration or merger, but Zimmerman was murdered while exploring the nearby Salt Creek Falls before he was able to give the offer any consideration.