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Pencil illustration of Art Rooney

Work In Progress – Hall of Famer, Art Rooney

Arthur Joseph Rooney Sr. (January 27, 1901 – August 25, 1988), often referred to as "The Chief", was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, an American football franchise in the National Football League (NFL), from 1933 until his death. Rooney is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was an Olympic qualifying boxer, and was part or whole owner in several track sport venues and Pittsburgh area pro teams. He was the first president of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1933 to 1974, and the first chairman of the team from 1933 to 1988. Writeup courtesy of Wikipedia

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Pencil illustration of Mike Webster

Work In Progress – Hall of Famer, Mike Webster

Michael Lewis Webster (March 18, 1952 – September 24, 2002) was an American professional football player who was a center in the National Football League (NFL) from 1974 to 1990 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, class of 1997. Nicknamed "Iron Mike", Webster anchored the Steelers' offensive line during much of their run of four Super Bowl victories from 1974 to 1979 and is considered by many the greatest center in NFL history.

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Pencil illustration of Joe Greene

Work In Progress – Hall of Famer, Joe Greene

Charles Edward Greene (born September 24, 1946), better known as "Mean" Joe Greene, is an American former professional football player who was a defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1969 to 1981. A recipient of two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards, five first-team All-Pro selections, and ten Pro Bowl appearances, Greene is widely considered to be one of the greatest defensive linemen to play in the NFL. He was noted for his leadership, fierce competitiveness, and intimidating style of play for which he earned his nickname.

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Pencil illustration of Jack Lambert

Work In Progress – Hall of Famer, Jack Lambert

John Harold "Jack" Lambert (born July 8, 1952) is an American former professional football player who played as a middle linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 as “The greatest linebacker of his era," Lambert was the starting middle linebacker for four Super Bowl-winning teams during an 11-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Kent State University.

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Painting of A Wyoming Spirit Brett Keisel

Brett Keisel Interview with Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine

Brett Keisel talks about his love of hunting, A Wyoming Spirit painting, and of course, the beard... By Alan Clemons, Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine While growing up in Wyoming, Brett Keisel loved hunting and being outdoors in the wide open country loved by so many outdoorsmen. He's currently an All-Pro defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 35 years old, Keisel has toiled in the National Football League for a dozen years, earning high praise from coaches, teammates and opponents for his work ethic, dedication and professionalism. He has hunted for 20 years and his favorite animals to hunt with his bow are white-tailed deer and elk. Keisel and his family live in Pennsylvania. He was interviewed by Alan Clemons for this "I'm A Deer Hunter" feature: You're in Pennsylvania, one of the top states for deer hunting, but it collides with the NFL season. Do you get to do any hunting in autumn at home? Absolutely. I stick with archery, the weather is nice here early in the season and my body is not too beat up at that point. By time rifle season gets here it's hard to get out of bed and into a tree somewhere.…

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Painting of Visionary – Stan Bearpaw

Work In Progress – Visionary – Stan Bearpaw

This painting is my first miniature. The size is 7” x 5”. This is Stan Bearpaw. Stan is a friend and neighbor from Cody, WY. He is a full-blooded Cherokee and he is the great, great, great nephew of the famous Indian Outlaw, Ned Christie. This painting is traditional oils on Realgesso Masonite. This is day two. I have roughed in the feathers and hair on his head dress, along with the upper part of his face. This is the final version. Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of my works in progress to come. Denny

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Painting of Cheyenne Moon – Danny Reyes

Work In Progress – Cheyenne Moon – Danny Reyes

This is Danny Reyes from the Cheyenne Nation. This painting is traditional oils on Ampersand Gessobord Masonite. The finished size is 11" x 14". Here is version one. On day one, I painted in all the dark areas. This is day two. I have laid in the base coat for the upper head feathers. Day three. Here I painted the base coat on his face. Day four. I spent the entire day roughing in his porcupine quill collar/chest plate and ear rings plus I added more detail to his face. This is the final version. I finished detailing out his upper feathers, painted in David's collar feathers and lastly, I signed it. I wanted to point out something in this painting that I didn't notice until after I was about half way through the painting. If you look closely, check out the gold shape on David's face. It is very cleverly painted to represent a crescent moon using his actual eye and nose, giving us the title that Andrew and I came up with, Cheyenne Moon. Here are two close-ups of my final version to show all the detail. Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of…

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Bill Nunn, Sr. Pittsburgh Steeler Scout

Work In Progress – Bill Nunn, Sr. – Pittsburgh Steeler Scout

Hardcore Steeler fans know him as the longtime Steelers scout with the five Super Bowl rings or the former Courier sports writer, local promoter, collegiate basketball star. For certain, he was celebrated locally for many things, a jack of many trades. But when he constructed a bridge between the Steelers and the black colleges that produced such players as John Stallworth, Mel Blount and Donnie Shell, this Bill Nunn became notable simply in one respect: "Super Scout!" This painting is traditional oils on Ampersand Gessobord Masonite. The finished size is 13" x 16". This is day two. Here I have added in the base flesh tones on his face. Day three. I finished detailing his face. I have added the base flesh tones on his hands and roughed in his 1979 Super Bowl ring. Day four. I spent the entire day finishing his hands, ring and laid in the background color. This is day five. I roughed in the base coat on his shirt. Here is the final. I finished detailing the cloth detail on Bill's shirt and finally signed it. This is a photograph that my wife Leigh took of Bill Nunn, myself and Hall of Famer, Jack Butler.…

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Painting of An American Spirit

Work In Progress – An American Spirit

This is my very close friend here in Cody. His name is Greg Koschtial. Leigh and I met him in 2004 when he was outbid on my pistol piece that was up for auction at the Buffalo Bill History Center. The next day, we came into his store and I gave him a signed print I had. A few weeks later, a beautiful sterling silver, handmade bison pin with a 22ct. gold horn arrived in my mailbox. Greg is a master craftsman jeweler. We soon became really good friends after that. Just before we moved here in 2007, Greg lost his left leg in a terrible motorcycle accident. He was riding near Jackson Hole, WY with a friend, and a friend of his friend. Greg spotted a large bull bison near the road and he pulled off on the berm to wait until the others caught up. The friend of a friend, wasn't paying attention because he was standing up on his bike taking pictures and he didn't see Greg. He slammed into his fiberglass bags on Greg's Honda Gold Wing bike. They exploded into big pieces of sharp razors that cut his leg almost completely off. Thank God an…

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