Scouting among the thickets of the Web in service of the Kit Carson project, I came upon Kyle Carroll’s recent painting “Alone in Crow Country.” Carson tangled with a party of Crow horsethieves one winter in the 1830s. The Absaroka people were one of those groups that were mostly friendly to the trappers — but they remained opportunistic plunderers, and being caught out alone in their gorgeous country could mean your death.
Anyway, I am quite taken with the painting, and it led me down a path to explore Carroll’s work more thoroughly.
The artist is well-versed in the frontier life he depicts. From his website:
An artist with a biology, hunting and living historian background, Carroll brings a unique perspective to his work. Carroll’s knowledge of frontier America and it’s natural history combined with his experiences in nature and America’s wild places give Kyle a full reservoir of inspiration to draw from as an artist. Having felt the bite of a late winter wind with flintlock in hand, pursuing white tailed deer, hearing the whine of mosquitoes on a journey by water, visiting historical sites, traveling by horseback, researching history and portraying historical characters on film all have inspired and influenced his art.