Print Size: 24"x36"
This image depicts that time of the year when everyone or anything had better get a "move on". Winter is setting in and the mountains are covered with deep snow that forces the wildlife to low altitude river bottom with good water and shelter. This meant an area that did not accumulate massive amounts of snow. As the animals moved, so did the mountain man for the very same reasons...
In the beginning, it was man against nature and nature always had the edge...Survival was the number one priority in this hostile environment and this image portrays basic survival of man trying to fill his empty stomach...His weapon...a flintlock rifle that he has come to depend on even though there were more modern pieces at this time. Percussion ignition rifles were available at the various trading posts but the old flintlock could be fired using flint or similar material while the new weapons require manufactured caps. The mountain man made few trips to the trading post but when there he would trade for the "necessaries' by using his "plews" and robes. Powder and lead were at the top of his shopping list so you can see that his wants were simple to maintain his desired life style of freedom.
Today is something special as there is meat in the pot tonight if he holds "true" and doesn't get a "flash in the pan". He will only take what he can use as he kills to maintain his own needs and shares the remains with the scavengers that are near by. In a time of excesses, it is pleasing to remember when life was simpler and the environment clean. The mountain man was the first to realize that the land was the key to any future life and he treated it with respect...
This lithograph was reproduced from an original (26"x40") and is limited to 850 signed and numbered reproductions with 85 artist's proofs. It is printed on top quality 100% archival paper, pH neutral number 1 grade with an image size of 20"x32" with a 2" trim. It has been personally signed and inspected by the artist. The plates have been destroyed after publication.
West Yellowstone, Montana
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