Reeves is held by many to be the real Lone Ranger. Reeves worked for 32 years as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory, and he spoke four Native American languages. He became one of Judge Issac Parker's most valued deputies. Reeves brought in some of the most dangerous criminals of the time, but was never wounded, despite having his hat and belt shot off on separate occasions.
In addition to being a marksman with a rifle and pistol, Reeves developed superior detective skills during his long career. As the first black U.S. Marshal, he offered a silver dollar for anyone that gave him information on the fugitives he was chasing. During his 32 year tenure as marshal, he captured more outlaws than anyone else of his time. When he retired in 1907, Reeves claimed to have arrested over 3,000 felons. He is said to have shot and killed 14 outlaws to defend his own life.
Of course, the shipping on this original painting, Bass Reeves (The Genuine Lone Ranger), is absolutely free!
This is how I begin many of my originals; with pencil or charcoal: