These are my two pieces for Small Works Great Wonders opening at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, on view November 3 - 25, 2018. The opening reception is on Friday, November 9. Both of these frames were designed, carved, and gilded in 22k gold by me.
Death Valley in '49
William Lewis Manly and John Haney Rogers were American pioneers with a small party traveling west to California; the group took a detour and became stranded in a desert surrounded by high mountains. The pair set out for help and walked on foot to Los Angeles. As told by Manly in Death Valley in ‘49, as the two men were preparing to return to rescue their friends, the señorita of the ranch where they had stayed gave them four oranges, one for each child in the starving party. The duo returned and helped the others escape what the party eventually named Death Valley.