Montana

The true story of one of North America’s most revered art icons, Charles Marion Russell.  In the late 1800’s, Charlie left home at age 15 to follow his dreams of the enchanted Wild West.  When he got to Montana he did not look back.

About The Book

The true story of one of North America’s most revered art icons, Charles Marion Russell.  In the late 1800’s, Charlie left home at age 15 to follow his dreams of the enchanted Wild West.  When he got to Montana he did not look back.

Charlie soon got a job as the night horse-herder for a big roundup. This was a responsible job and his boss let him know it.  Reason being, the horses had to graze and they also could not run off.  If they did, there was no more roundup until they were found and brought back.    

Charlie loved this life so much, he painted it!  He didn’t just draw a horse standing out under an apple tree.  Oh no, his horses were bucking, falling, throwing their riders, and the cattle, bear, elk and Indians were also into mischief.  Charlie was the first Polaroid of the Wild West.   However, his first love was that of being a cowboy with the guys, either on roundup, at Dodge or in the bars.

As good a painter as Charlie was, he was a better story teller.  He was the straw that stirred the drink, the life of the party, and the cannon that brought the house down.  He knew where all the bones were buried and how they got there.  He also became an alcoholic.  He loved the bar life, and the bar tenders loved him.  They traded him drinks for paintings, which adorned their walls.

Charlie figured his time as a cowboy was worth a dollar a day, so if he spent 3 days painting a picture, it ought to be worth 3 bucks. Sometimes, he would just give it away, if somebody liked it.   One day at age 32, an old friend pulled him aside and told him he was about to drink himself to death, and he better shape up.  The solution was that he needed to get married to his friend’s 19-year old niece, who had not been to high school, but somehow they would be good for each other.

 Charlie was all in, but Nancy wanted nothing to do with it.   “He drinks too much, and he’s just a drifter that only gives his paintings away,” said Nancy.   Finally, Nancy agreed on two conditions. One, he had to get off the bottle, and two, she would manage his paintings and set the price, and so it came to pass.  Charlie did slow down on the bottle, and Nancy set the price of his paintings at $500 each.  “Nobody up here will pay that price for my paintings,” said Charlie.  But they did, so the price went up to a thousand, and they still sold.

Charlie did slow down on the bottle, and Nancy set the price of his paintings at $500 each.  “Nobody up here will pay that price for my paintings,” said Charlie.  But they did, so the price went up to a thousand, and they still sold.

Finally they got as high as $40,000.  Then one day Nancy said, “Charlie, why don’t you paint about 20 paintings, and we’ll get on the train, and we’ll go to New York, and put on a show at some famous art gallery?”  Charlie agreed.  Soon Charlie and Nancy were the honored guests of Wall Street tycoons, corporate executives, magazine editors and other luminaries. Then Nancy said, “Charlie, why not paint a few more paintings, and we’ll go to London and do the same thing.”  So they did.  This time they were feted by more dignitaries, plus royalty all the way from Russia.

This book captures the electric luster of how it all happened.   Today his works adorn galleries, museums and private collections all around the world, some pieces having sold for over $5 million.  This book features over 140 of his paintings, and the ambience behind all of them.

What’s inside

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Pictures

See pictures of Charles and his artwork. 

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Life Details

Learn the true store of the details of Mr. Russell’s life. 

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An Incredible Story

Learn how Charles Russell started out painting for pleasure and ended up selling some paintings for $40,000

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Adventure

Follow along with Charles and his cowboy adventures in Montana.

Chapter 1

Introduction
In 1949, the parents of George Papa lived at and operated an Indian trading post and curio store along Old Route 66 some two miles west of Joseph City, Arizona. One day when George was six years old, his father found a metal box hidden underneath the floor boards of an old log cabin that was part of the premises.

Inside the box was an old pistol and a collection of stories published into a book entitled ‘Trails Plowed Under’ by Charles M. Russell, and also a series of letters written by Charlie and published into a book entitled ‘Good Medicine’. Young George grew up loving these stories about the old and enchanted West. He wrote this script based in part upon this material.

There will never be another Charlie Russell who lived it, told it and illustrated it with such zest and detail. God gifted Charlie’s right hand to put paint on canvas in such a way as to capture the ‘crux of the moment’ far better than any camera could ever accomplish. For example, when Charlie painted a horse, that horse was typically bucking high in the air to dump a rider, or dodge the horns of a buffalo, or spin to escape a charging steer. Sometimes when the horse lost its footing, it tumbled with its rider underneath. Such was the life of a cowboy. All the tragedies, failures, escapes and triumphs that were captured within the pages of these two old books are from a distant sphere and can never be duplicated in today’s world. These bygone gems of frontier circumstance, surprise, challenge, danger, hope, fear and impulse for survival can, at best, only be imagined through the faint echoes and whispers that somehow continue to linger over those ever dimmer footprints in the

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Charles Marion Russell was born March 19, 1864 in Oak Hill, Missouri.  Charlie had no interest in his father’s empire.  He only wanted to go West.  Charlie married Nancy Cooper on Sept. 9, 1896 at Cascade, Montana.  In 1917 Charles and Nancy adopted a baby boy.  They named him Jack. During his lifetime, Carlie Russell created over 4,200 known pieces of art.  He died on October 24, 1926 in Great Falls, Montana

About the author.

I tell everyone I was born in Chicago, even though my time there was very short-lived.  Snowflake, AZ is where my heritage resides and my future really began.  My elegant mother and rough-edged father lovingly tolerated myself and four younger brothers.  It didn’t always go as planned.  I married Debra and we were blessed with six children of our own.  Now they are all grown.  As their father, I am very proud of each of them.

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Each life experience as re-emphasized  my gratitude for the guidance it provides.  I served a 2-year mission in Argentina.  Just as I found my sweetheart, I was wrapped into the Vietnam War.  As a 1st Lieutenant, serving on the front lines, I had a chance to question what was most important to me.  I worked in real estate for many years before feeling a push to write. 

“Love thy neighbor” was not a mere suggestion, but a commandment.  I can certainly relate with those who seem to be out of luck.  I am proud to say I have tried to do what I can to improve our legal system, both on a state and federal level.  Prison reform, judicial oversight, corruption protection and narcotics rehabilitation are areas I feel can be improved greatly.  A deeper understand of our laws has been a life’s work for me. 

George M Papa

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