This painting depicts a high-ranking Plains Indian, a Lakota warrior, who has accomplished a Grand Coup by defeating an armed enemy without having any weapons himself. A Grand Coup is a high honor among Native American warriors, and it can be accomplished in different ways; by stealing all the horses from another camp, for example, or running up and striking a great enemy, then escaping.
The model himself is of a Comanche Sun Dance chief, a friend, his name is Butch. The black handprint on the warrior’s face shows that he’s an expert at hand-to-hand combat, and symbolizes and unarmed victory against an armed foe. His eagle and crow feathers represent his accomplishments in battle. The Eagle feathers are for strength and power, the crow feathers for cunningness and skill. The three eagle feathers additionally represent my amazing children, as they are everything to me. As a warrior, Black Hand, is to be taken very seriously, and his pride is evident in his powerful, integrity-filled expression.