Dave Hasler | Eastern Frontier & Americana Artist
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This is a painting depicting the western most engagement in New York of the Sullivan and Clinton Campaign in September of 1779. The expedition was one of the largest campaigns launched during the Revolutionary War and consisted of many of Washington’s best, and most seasoned brigades with close to 5,000 men.  The goal of the campaign was the elimination of the way of life for the Iroquois Confederation by employing a scorched earth policy. In this painting Lt. Boyd and Sgt. Parker, along with two Oneida scouts leave an abandoned Erie village in the hills overlooking both the Genesee Rive flats, and the Conesus Lake area. Boyd, a member of Morgan’s Riflemen, was ordered by Sullivan to take four men and scout the position of Little Beard’s Town. Instead he took approximately 26 men, left the main encampment at 11:30 pm, and traversed up the steep hills getting lost in the dark. Upon stumbling on a small Erie village of abandoned cabins they spent the rest of the night and as depicted here, left in the morning to return to the main brigade. Instead, Boyd’s fate was soon to be sealed, and that of his entire party in a series of horrific events.

 

 

 



Dave Hasler | Artist

Highly respected and revered the elders of the eastern woodland tribes represented their age through the knowledge and responsibilities they bore within their culture. The pipe is handsomely carved and cradled in respect within his arms. Highly respected and revered the elders of the eastern woodland tribes represented their age through the knowledge and responsibilities they bore within their culture. The pipe is handsomely carved and cradled in respect within his arms. 

Welcome to Art of the Eastern Frontier and Early America. I hope you enjoy my wide variety of 18th century eastern frontier and early American genres. I have been interested in the early history of the area since I was a boy roaming the woodlands here in western New York State. The region is steep in history with the old Seneca council grounds about six miles from my house. I grew up on stories of The Sullivan Clinton Campaign that came right through this area. This led to my interest in painting historic themes and the simple material culture of the people and the period.
I retired in 2009 from teaching advanced drawing and painting classes, and now devote my time to painting and researching new themes for upcoming series. I am also a member of the reenactment unit, The Niagara Indian Department. It is through historic trekking and various historic events that I gain knowledge and inspiration for my work. My wife Janet and I travel and I take photos of historic sites, landscapes, lakes, and buildings in which to use as settings for future paintings.
I have been involved in art shows and various galleries since the 1980’s and have my artwork collected throughout the country and Europe. Many of my clients send me photos for paintings and I work with them directly on personal commissions. 
I have been married to Janet for almost 30 years and we have 2 children. Andrew is a critical care paramedic, and Jayni is a teacher. We live in the small village of Leicester established in 1803. Our home and property includes woodlands, which border Little Beard’s Creek. He was the Seneca war chief during the Revolutionary War period here on the turbulent frontier of western New York. Ideas for paintings are all around me.
It is from this land and it’s history that I draw my ideas and inspirations for my paintings. Both the frontier and the Americana themes have fascinated me for as long I can remember. I hope you enjoy my work. Feel free to call or email me anytime.

Dave Hasler / CLA Artist ( www.longrifle.ws )
Eastern Frontier and Americana Artist

 

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