Bruce Greene is one of the legitimate heirs to a cowboy kind of art legacy that traces its beginnings back to Charlie Russell. It is a legacy that is tied hard and fast to a familiarity and feeling for ranch life reality and based on a bedrock of artistic accomplishment.
Way out in West Texas on the historic JA Ranch established by the patriarch of pioneer cowmen, Charles Goodnight, Bruce has discovered and tapped into a deep reservoir of cowboy reality. He has enough artistic inspiration to last a lifetime. It is this privileged perspective that enables him to show us, through his art, the authentic essence of the contemporary cowboy.
Bruce was elected to membership in the Cowboy Artists of America in 1993 and has served terms as director, vice president and president. He is very pleased to have received the Ray Swanson Memorial Award for his painting When Freedom Isn’t Free in 2007 and for In the Brazos de Dios in 2012. In 2010 Bruce won the TCAA Award for best portrayal of a cowboy subject matter for his sculpture When The Bloom Is On The Beargrass and the Gold Medal for Drawing and other Media for An Air Of Ability. In 2012, he won the Gold Medal for Sculpture with Storm on the Plains. At the 2013 Cowboy Crossings, Bruce won the Gold Medal for Drawing and other Media for Brandin’ at the High Lonesome.
Source: Cowboy Artists of America
A Long Way from the Wagon
Artist: Bruce Greene Date: 2003Description: Oil 30” x 34”
This is my friend Wade Morris on my horse blue duck. Blue Duck is a horse I got from Bill Owen (fellow CA Artist) last spring as we were at round up on the JA Ranch. I have chosen as a backdrop for the figure the great Palo Duro Canyon in the panhandle of Texas. I was concerned in the early stages of this painting about how I was going to paint the storm. I had some reference on storms and I had some sketches I had done of approaching storms but none of it seemed right. I began by painting on the figures and decided I would worry about the storm later. Then, one morning as I had reached the point of having to begin to paint the storm, I looked out my studio window and here it came. I furiously began to paint as my storm thundered by. What a wonderful blessing! I originally intended to call this painting “Always Welcome” but my storm became so ominous looking it seemed to be more than what would be welcome even in West Texas.
An Old Dog and A New Trick
Artist: Bruce Greene