Murrieta's Marauders


Murrieta and his skeletal compadres tear out of town with newfound money, fresh horses, and a frightened jailbird who's along for the wild ride.

Painting Process
Murrieta's Marauders pays homage to bandits from the mid 1800s lead by Joaquin Murrieta. They robbed gold mines and held up stage coaches to avenge mistreated and expelled Mexicans and, soon after a reward was offered for their capture, the gang was ambushed and killed by law enforcement officers.

The leader's head was cut off and put in a pickle jar for preservation and display, but it was never actually confirmed that it was Murrieta's. The remains were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake in 1906.

The background of this painting was created with watered-down acrylic ink and light touches of white, red, and brown gouache on a canvas that measures 36 x 24. The entire scene was then heavily detailed with 1 Shot enamel and mounted in a rustic, custom wood frame built by David that measures 50 x 34. 

Paper Prints
The 10 x 8 and 18 x 12 Murrieta's Marauders prints are produced with archival ink on glossy paper and are perfect for those of you who prefer to frame your art.

Canvas Prints
The ready-to-hang Murrieta's Marauders canvas prints are produced with archival ink on museum-grade, gallery-wrapped canvas and extend 1.25 inches off the wall, so there's no need for a frame. There are several sizes available and each limited-edition giclee is signed and numbered out of only 40 Artist Proofs. Please allow up to three weeks for delivery of canvas prints, as they are custom-built at the time the order is placed.