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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,” says Greene; during the restoration, they pulled over thirty rattlesnakes out from under the house.
One of the Cowboy Artists of America, Greene was raised on stories of western adventure and art. 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. 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. Over the next seven years, Greene took almost every available class and was asked to teach at the museum beginning in 1988.
He has received numerous awards and honors over the years, but will quickly tell you that his proudest moment as an artist was his induction into the Cowboy Artists of America in 1993. He subsequently served as president in 2002. Greene 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. His work was also selected for the 2002 Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage show and the Prix de West.
As a painter and sculptor of cowboys, Greene authenticates his art by working as a cowboy every spring. Working side by side with other cowboys has taught Greene an appreciation for those hard-working men. “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.” Not only does Greene cowboy every spring for inspiration and subject matter, he also frequently paints the Hereford cattle he raises on his own small ranch.
References: September 2002 Art of the West magazine, AskArt.com