I had a jr high english teacher named Dora Coble. She was up in age, and would sometimes tell stories that her father told her of his life. In later years, I found out that he was no ordinary man, he was Billy Dixon, buffalo hunter, and well known for the battles of Adobe Walls and the Buffalo Wallow. This painting is based on one of those stories she told, when a bull charged one of the hunters. He oly had time to fire with his pistol, no match for the buffalo's thick skull. Needless to say, the buffalo, horse, and hunter all met an early end.
This painting started out with the earthenware jug, no further plan, It morphed into what you see, one item at a time.. the last thing being added was the candle, which made me change the lightsource.. I know, plan your paintings first, but this wouldnt have happened without the spontenaiety.