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 Bruce R. Greene  (1953 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: frontier-cowboy genre, sculptor

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Raised on the romance of western life in Texas, he became a sculptor and painter of western themes.

As a child, he studied at the Museum of Fine Art in Dallas and then traveled in Europe when his art was exhibited by the Dallas Museum. He attended the University of Texas and did rodeo action portraits of competitors. After earning his degree, he began painting and sculpting full time, and in 1985, began taking classes at the Cowboy Artists of America Museum, something he did for seven years. In 1993, he was elected to the Cowboy Artists of America.

He and his family made their home on a farmstead dating to the 1870s on the Old Chisholm Trail, and he frequently paints the Hereford cattle he raises on his small ranch.
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Bruce Greene is both a painter and sculptor of cowboys. He authenticates his art by working as a cowboy every spring. Working side by side with other cowboys has taught Greene an appreciation for cowboys. "They are wonderful, beautiful, honest people. They do what they do because they love it, not because it is the only thing they can do. They are capable talented individuals and the fact that many are educated would surprise others. Cowboys tend to be straight forward and commonsensical in their approach to life." Greene documents the cowboy way of life in his oil painting and life-size sculptures.

The artist, who describes the day he was elected into the Cowboy Artists of America as one of his proudest, is serving as the organization's president in 2002.

Source: Art of the West, September 2002

Biography from Whistle Pik Galleries:
Bruce R. Greene and his family live on a small ranch in the historical community of Norse, outside Clifton, Texas. The studio is on the edge of the hill out behind the house. From there, large north windows offer Bruce a continuous view of the Texas Hill Country, a few Hereford cows and the occasional whitetail deer, “It is a wonderful blessing to be able to make a living for my family, doing what I love in this beautiful place.”

Bruce Greene is a recognized Cowboy Artists from central Texas. His sculpting talent has recently been displayed at Heritage Plaza in Clifton, Texas, where his life-size statue, "On the Banks of the Bosque," is the main attraction. Greene was enrolled in art classes at the age of eight and continues his studies even today.

After obtaining a Fine Arts degree at the University of Texas, Greene studied with many well-known artists, and was later elected to the Cowboy Artists of America in 1993. One of Greene's passions of his work is the research. He enjoys painting the events and emotions found in the writings and diaries of early Western settlers such as the acceptance, determination, and capability of the woman in "The Widow's Iron", the courage of Susanna Dickenson as she leaves the Alamo, and the day to day chores as seen in "Goats in the Garden.

"Several years ago, Bruce began annual trips north to join in the spring work on the old JA Ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon of Texas. “I go up there and stay on the chuck wagon with the JA hands and the neighbors that have come to help. We ride a lot of miles in rough country. It can be cold, hot, windy and wet. As a matter of fact, it can be all of these in one day. A fella’ could get lost in some of the mesquite or cedar thickets. Of course, we work a few cows on our place and help out a neighbor now and then, but the JA trip has been a real inspiration for me each year. I am absolutely sure that this experience has greatly affected my artwork. It seems necessary, to me, in order to depict the contemporary cowboy with accuracy and feeling. My good friend, Red Steagall, calls it ‘getting the dust in your nose.’ For me, that dust makes the difference.

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Deep in the heart of Texas, the limestone hills are covered in cedar and live oak. The Chisholm Trail is grown over now, but the old houses and barns still stand proudly in testimony of another time. One of these old farmsteads dating from the 1870’s is now home for Bruce Greene and his family. “We found the old house and knew it was the right place, but when we bought it, we did not realize we had to evict the former residents”. During the restoration, they pulled over 30 rattlesnakes out from under the house.

Bruce was raised on stories of western adventure and art. His love for the West took form in rodeo. While at the University of Texas, he did rodeo action portraits of other competitors to help pay the bills.

After receiving his degree, Bruce began painting and sculpting the West full-time. In 1985, he started his study at the Cowboy Artists of America Museum. Bruce took almost every available class over the next seven years, and was asked to teach at the museum beginning in 1988.

He has received numerous awards and honors over the years, but Bruce will quickly tell you that his proudest moment as an artist was his induction into the Cowboy Artists of America in 1993.

He has been featured in national magazines such as "Art of the West", "Cowboys & Indians", "Southwest Art", and "Western Horseman". At the 31st Annual Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition, Greene was honored with the Silver Award in sculpture for “The Courtship”.

Bruce Green’s work was selected for the 2002 Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage show.

Biography from Claggett/Rey Gallery:
Deep in the heart of Texas, the limestone hills are covered in cedar and live oak.  The Chisholm Trail is grown over now, but the old house and barns still stand proudly in testimony of another time.  One of these old farmsteads dating from the 1870's is now home for Bruce Greene and his family.

Bruce was raised on stories of western adventure, and there was always art.  "I can't remember when I didn't draw and mostly I drew horses."

In time his love of the West took form in rodeo.  While at the University of Texas he did rodeo action portraits of other competitors to help pay the bills.  After receiving his degree, Bruce began painting and sculpting the West full-time.  In 1985, he started his study at the Cowboy Artists of American Museum.  He received numerous awards and honors over the years, including the Silver Award in sculpture at the 31st CAA Exhibition, but Bruce will quickly tell you that his proudest moment as an artist was his induction into the Cowboy Artists of America in 1993.

In 1998 he began to travel north in the spring to the great old JA Ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon of Texas.  "I go up there and stay on the chuck wagon with the JA hands and the neighbors that come to help. We ride a lot of miles and work all the calves. The kinship with these men and this country has renewed my commitment to artistically record the life of the contemporary cowboy.  I have never enjoyed my work more."

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, II:
Bruce and his family live on a small ranch in the historical community of Norse, outside of Clifton, Texas. The studio is on the edge of the hill out behind the house. From there, large north windows offer Bruce a continuous view of the Texas Hill Country, a few Hereford cows and the occasional whitetail deer. "It is a wonderful blessing to be able to make a living for my family, doing what I love in this beautiful place."

Bruce was elected to membership in the Cowboy Artists of America in 1992. Several years ago, Bruce began annual trips north to join in the spring work on the great old JA Ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon of Texas. "I go up there and stay on the chuck wagon with the JA hands and the neighbors that have come to help. We ride a lot of miles in rough country. It can be cold, hot, windy and wet. As a matter of fact, it can be all of these in one day. A fella could get lost in some of the mesquite or cedar thickets. Of course, we work a few cows on our place and help out a neighbor now and then, but the JA trip has been a real inspiration for me each year. I am absolutely sure that this experience has greatly affected my artwork. It seems necessary, to me, in order to depict the contemporary cowboy with accuracy and feeling. My good friend, Red Steagall, calls it 'gettng the dust in your nose.' For me, that dust makes the difference.

"Resource: Cowboy Artists of America, 2002

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