STRANGER IN TOWN
After reviewing the many images of the Sturgis motorcycle ralley to consider , I decided draw from my own experiences. Every year I do the ralley, I invariably end up riding up the canyon to Deadwood, for dinner or a meeting. I am always struck by how pleasant the ride is, then arriving at this little mountain town is always a visual delight. I have recently been exposed to a bit of history
from this place, and rich would be an understatement. Seth Bullock, rode to town the day before Wild Bill Hickock's fatal shooting. After witnessing the lawlessness of the camp he became Deadwood's first sheriff, competingwith the likes Mr. Wyatt Erp. He then built the Bullock hotel with his partner Sol Star in 1895, and to this day, it is said to be haunted by his ghost. My painting reflects a time some 15 years later, as Seth plays cards on the boardwalk he is about to witness one the first of the iron horses to roam onto the streets of Deadwood. The sight and sound of this silent grey fellow would have been a very strange encounter indeed.