About Me

Self PortraitAs a father to 5 children, and a husband to my best friend for over 50 years, I’ve spent most of my adulthood navigating the political morass of modern business, fighting traffic, manipulating numbers for reports and serving others as a volunteer. In a different time, I would have spent my life hunting, trapping, trading and exploring the Wild West as a mountain man.

Now, my time is my own, and I spend it exploring the West as an artist and historian. My spirit soars as I daydream and turn my visions into art.

Kindred spirits know how I feel and hopefully can escape into my paintings with me. We can then enjoy the past together.

98 thoughts on “About Me

    • Hi Tom;

      Glad you liked the paintings. I have always love history and the combination of painting, reading and doing keeps me alive. I also build flintlock rifles. I’m going to post pictures of them as well.

      How are things with you and your family? Well I hope.

  1. All are well. 16 grandkids..12 boys. Health is good. Teaching early morning seminary. Working on mission..probably next spring…traveling some…just had 44th anniversary…golfing ( 7 handicap)…finishing 1st book…2nd home in AZ….life is good and getting better all the time…love your art…can see you in your leathers in my memory…hi to Shirley.

  2. I can’t begin to thank you enough for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing! I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

    • Wow, I have gotten blank looks from younger folks when I mention Jeremiah Johnson, so nice to find some others who know what and who I refer to. That movie really impressed me. Heck, just remaining in my memory banks for so long is a real coup!

      • aw… Jeremiah Johnson is a classic – maybe there will be a remake, since that seems to be Hollywood’s way. Totally understand about the memory banks!

      • Yeah, I though you might find him of interest because of how important hunting and getting back to that more fundamental mindset. You would probably also love Jose Ortega y Gasset’s Meditations on Hunting.


  3. We lived in Kansas and Arizona I love all things of the desert and western . How wonderful you can follow your dream now and share it with others as well! Namaste. . . . Anne.

  4. I was fortunate to marry my best friend too! I believe this makes for the strongest and most fulfilling marriage.

  5. Really cool site. I love the old west and should have stuck with a short dream from childhood and been an archaeologist. I also digg (2 g’s on purpose) westerns, Clint Eastwood and the movie Jeremiah Johnson.

    Thank you for really being real. had you and 4 others start to follow after my “Think about it, some Real issues” post and was so excited and you are the only one that isn’t following to promote “make money on the web”…. they probably found me with some search spider? who knows?

    Anyway, thanks so much I will follow back,


    Kevin Scholl

  6. Hi there. Even though I don’t like the thought age wise…. Its great to be retired because you can follow your dreams. I love the Wild west stories also the Native American Indians. Your blog is extremely interesting so thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks – being retired is a mixed blessing – great to be able to pursue the things I love, bad because, yeah… it means I’m old. All in all though, it’s a good trade off.

  7. Trapper, I enjoy your blog. I’m lucky. My wife loves the west. We have spent quite a bit of time @ Yellowstone. The last time we stayed in a cabin. The elk were in rut. (It was September). One of my favorite sounds is an elk bugling in the woods. In 2010 we took a road trip with our 5th wheel to Alaska. Gone about 2 months. Amazing! Enough material to paint for a lifetime.
    Enjoy your retirement.

    Phil Hewitt

  8. So happy you are able to pursue your favorite things at last. I am doing the same. I appreciate that you read my posts and take the time to “like” them. This virtual sharing of blogs is like sitting around the virtual campfire talking story 🙂
    It would be great to see your comments about what I post some time.

  9. Thank you for coming by my blog! As you’ve seen, we are East-Coasters who have a fascination with the Wild West. My husband wants to move to Montana some day, so maybe one day we will live the dream! Thanks again for your visit! I’ll be following your here to live vicariously!

  10. Thanks for the like on my blog, Gale.
    I love history also, and never thought about putting my two loves together, too many other ideas to paint about first I guess. But you have given me a new avenue to explore, thanks 🙂

  11. Hey Trapper, thank you for stopping by to like one of my paintings. It is very encouraging, when someone takes the time to have a look. I am looking forward to the time when painting is all I do. Unfortunately I have to keep working for a while yet. I really like your home sweet home painting. I love the bright colours contrasting against the tipi.

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it. Home Sweet Home, is definitely one of my favorites as well. Good luck with your wonderful creative art, it is a passion, isn’t it?

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I can’t wait to paint full time someday. Your work is lovely and I look forward to following you and your work. Best wishes for a beautiful creative process and outcome!

  13. I was looking at your art and immediately thought of a Canadian artist you may not be familiar with – Cornelius Krieghoff. The Art Gallery of Ontario – in Toronto – has about 5 rooms of his paintings. He painted of his time and area and in a very romantic way. For a long time his work didn’t get the recognition it deserved but now he is considered a national treasure. You are looking back at historical times. Do you paint of the life today? That will be of interest to the next generations – like Krieghoff’s works.

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. There are many not so well known, but excellent painters out there. On your suggestion I looked up Krieghoff – and enjoyed his work. As for myself, the contemporary work I do is mostly graphite drawings of people. The inspiration for my paintings comes from my love of American history – particularly that of the West.

  14. I’m interested to see you build flintlocks – that’s brilliant! (I looked to see if I could search for some images of them here and see you have me as a ‘great link’! I’m flattered – thank you very much!)
    I love the idea behind your blog; the simplicity, albeit of a hard life, of the past is appealing. We have become so tangled up in the ‘must haves/dos’ of the modern world that we’ve lost touch with where we come from.

  15. So good to see someone making the most of their retirement and declaring that ‘it is never too late’ and that modern life hasn’t ground you down as it has so many others. You sound like you are having a ball – good for you!

  16. Gale, I think your art work is amazing, and I am in love with the Wild West as much as you are. As a Brit, that part of history fascinates me so much more than our boring kings and queens. Maybe I will do a ‘Ten best Westerns’ post on my movie blog, in honour of you!

  17. Just a note to thank you for visiting Cry and Howl. At times I feel that I was born in the wrong era of time; I often picture myself as a cowboy riding a big buckskin with my six shooter and Winchester strapped to my horse, my dog trotting along side … “I should have been a cowboy!”
    This is an awesome site and your art work is outstanding! I know you’ve heard of William W. Johnstone. I’ve read more than 60 of his books … Eagle Series, The Last Gunfighter, many of the Mountain Man books … etc.
    Anyway, thank you again and know that you’re welcome any time.

    • Thanks for your great comment. Those were interesting and challenging times, but there was a freedom then, that has been lost today. Cry and Howl describes how I feel about today, so I’ll definitely be by again.

  18. Trapper, just checking in. I’ve come by to visit, looking forward to see what’s new on the canvas. Looks like you are out of town, maybe? Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I checked out your “Upcoming Events”, and I noticed one location … near the Rogue River. HA! If that is not a wild name for a river, I don’t know what is. I’m out. T

    • Thanks for stopping by and checking on me – I wish I was out of town, but I’ve had a bad run of health problems that have put me down for the count. Hoping to get back in the studio soon though. Your message really made my day, so again, thanks! And yes, Rogue River is wild :).

  19. I am one of those who is blessed to live in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I love your work. We live simply up here – wood stove for heat, etc. – and do not miss “civilization” at all. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I am pleased you liked what you read. ~Katrina

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