Settlers West Gallery in Tucson has been having an American Miniatures show for over 25 years. More than 200 artists will participate in this stellar event. I have been invited to send 2 paintings this year. The opening will be February 13, 2010
Aces and Eights is one of the pieces I will have at this show. It is 12 x 9, oil on board.
Aces and Eights is known as the Dead Man's Hand in a two-pair poker hand. The hand gets its name from the legend of it being the five-card-draw hand held by Wild Bill Hickok at the time of his murder (August 2, 1876). It is accepted that the hand included the aces and eights of both the black suits. There is still debate about what the 5th card was.