This piece is a recreation of a photograph with the client’s character as the stand in, some details changed in an attempt to make it more accurate to the late 1800’s. The $20 bills on the table should be period accurate, and to my knowledge so are the cards and poker chips. Not that I was going for straight up historical accuracy, there’s plenty of leeway to for matching the original photo, and for making it a fun to look at piece. Feels great to get my teeth into a more detailed piece after doing so many small commissions, and this one was truly a pleasure to make!
Above a poster for the movie Belle Star and below a Statue of Belle Starr in Woolaroc, Oklahoma.
February 3, 1889, two days before her 41st birthday, she was ambushed while
riding home from a neighbor’s house in Eufaula, Oklahoma. After she fell off her horse, she was shot again to make sure she was
dead. Her death resulted from shotgun wounds to the back and neck and in the
shoulder and face.