John Colter the First White Man in Yellowstone

Based on the varied and often contradictory accounts of John Colter’s first pass through Yellowstone, this painting adheres to the legend that Colter believed he discovered the gates of Hell when he first spotted the erupting geysers and bubbling hot springs in the area.

In all likelihood, the horse in the painting would be notably spooked by such a geyser, but Haseltine has rendered it calm, indicating that the horse does not share the same Judeo-Christian inspired comprehension of Hell as Colter.