In this image, Bierstadt sits in his studio working on a western scene as an audience of peers looks on. Behind him hangs a painted hide, and on his easel sits a stereocard likely made on the Lander Expedition. Bierstadt drew inspiration from photographs and from Native American artifacts he collected on his western trips. The prominent placement of the painted hide suggests Bierstadt’s genuine admiration of Native arts.
About Nancy McClure
Nancy works in the Public Relations Department in electronic communications. Her work includes writing and updating website content, publicizing events, copy editing, working with images, and producing the e-newsletter Western Wire. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys photography, reading, flower gardening, and playing the flute.