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Bruce Greene

Bruce Greene is one of the legitimate heirs to a cowboy kind of art legacy that traces its beginning to Charlie Russell. It is a legacy based on a bedrock of artistic accomplishment tied to familiarity and feeling for ranch life reality.

On historic West Texas ranches such as the JA and the Four Sixes, Greene has seen the sun come up between his horse’s ears on the backside of those big Panhandle pastures. It is this privileged perspective that enables him to show through his art the authentic essence of the contemporary cowboy. In addition, this Texas cowboy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas.  

Greene was elected to membership in the Cowboy Artists of America in 1993 and served terms as president in 2001 and 2013. He was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2018 and served as president of the Cowboy Artists of America Joe Beeler Foundation in 2019.

Greene received the Ray Swanson Memorial Award for his painting “When Freedom Isn’t Free” in 2007 and again in 2012 for “In the Brazos De Dios.” He received the Traditional Cowboy Artists Association award for a work best representing the cowboy in 2009 for an oil painting and 2010 for a sculpture. At the 2018 Prix de West, Greene received the “Donald Teague Award” and designed the Prix de West collectors’ bolo in 2019. He also received the Anne Marion Best of Show Award in 2019 at the Cowboy Artists of America Sale and Exhibition.

Greene sculpted the life-size bronze of a cowboy on horseback prominently placed to greet visitors at the entrance to the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC). In addition, he was the sculptor of a life-size bronze honoring the memory of Four Sixes Ranch owner Anne Marion. The sculpture is located in the entrance to the NRHC.

Bruce and his wife Janie have restored an 1883 farmstead in the historical community of Norse near Clifton, Texas. His three children, their spouses and nine grandchildren know it as a home away from home.


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