Orin Porter Rockwell by JerryWayne Anderson

Pyrography (wood-burning) on high figure poplar with bark inclusion in the upper left (that I think is really cool).
16″ × 12″

Porter Rockwell was the bodyguard and very close lifelong friend of the prophet Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was, also, a U.S. Marshall, “Mormon” pioneer and a true wild west celebrity, known for allegedly killing many men “who needed killing”.
Porter sawed the barrels off of his guns because he considered them cumbersome. Despite this modification, he was a deadly accurate shot and wiley enough to live long enough to die of natural causes.
In a blessing from Joseph Smith, Porter was told that as long as he did not shave his beard or cut his hair he could not be killed. Consequently, he only cut his hair once, thereafter, to provide a wig for a woman who had lost her hair. He supposedly disappeared until his hair grew back.


  • Watson  Mere
    Watson Mereover 4 years ago

    Great, very unique

  • Unique-ness is why 95% of my work is pyrography. For years I tried to spur emotion from viewers with imagery. With wood burning, the wow factor seems to be automatic.

    – JerryWayne Anderson

  • madvlad
    madvladover 4 years ago

    bad,man to get mad at you?no doubt
    good job of art making

  • Actually, the official title is, “Someone You Wouldn’t Want to Mess With”.

    – JerryWayne Anderson

  • rognice34
    rognice34over 4 years ago

    awesome texture

  • The hair was kinda fun. The herringbone in the coat was one of those things I got about half way through and started asking myself, “What was I thinking?”

    – JerryWayne Anderson

  • Varry
    Varryover 4 years ago

    I can only imagine the amount of time that went to creating this….wow!

  • If I had to do it in my studio, I’d go crazy, but, I have my “rig” set up in the family room and I burn while I watch TV. It’s akin to knitting or crochet, etc.

    – JerryWayne Anderson

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 4 years ago

    Congratulations you are one of the two featured artists this month in Cowboy/Cowgirl Art
    Thank you for being part of our group and for all the amazing art you share with us all.

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Great story to go with this exciting piece. I love the background of the poplar wood. It seems as if he’s rushing into the elements. Wow on the herringbone coat! Yes, I think wood brings on the wow factor, but it also makes one look closer at the drawing, and really appreciate not only the artisan skills but your drawing skills.

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