The Trade

The Trade
by Gale F. Trapp, 2012

the trade

The scene is typical of an early winter or late fall camp. The leaves are gone from the trees. The buffalo jerky, drying on the poles, hints of a recent hunt. But what else is happening here?

Is this a simple horse trade, or could there be romance in the brisk evening air? Is she, perhaps, inviting him to her lodge?

What does she have that he wants? Or, just maybe, is it that she wants something from him?

Could it be that the tribal elders directed him to pay in prairie currency for an unintended offence?

What do you think? I painted it… but even I do not know – for sure.

About the painting – acrylic on hardboard, 7”x9”. Available for purchase.

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8 thoughts on “The Trade

  1. Since the man is down from his horse and on her level, I’d say he needs something from her, an urgent request of some kind – whatever – you’re very talented.

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