“Originally this was going to be the focal point of my submissions for the Cowboy Artists’ show. But as I working on it, I realized that this image was more important to me than almost any other in recent memory. When it was time to prepare for the exhibition, I decided, with my wife’s support, to keep it. It now holds a special place of honor in our living room.
“These four Plains Indians are seated in a tepee around a smouldering fire of sweet grass and sage. The headdress of the figure opening the bundle may be familiar to you. It is the same one worn by the subject of ‘Talking Robe’ which is the painting I created to replace this one at the Cowboy Artists’ show.”