Bruce R. 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 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 historic ranches such as the JA and the 6666s, Bruce discovered and tapped into a deep reservoir of cowboy reality. He has enough artistic inspiration to last a lifetime.
Bruce 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 people, through his art, the authentic essence of the contemporary cowboy. There will come a time when the cowboys of today will look at Bruce’s art and smile at the memory of the way their world once was.
Bruce was elected to membership in the CAA in 1993 and served terms as president in both 2002 and 2013. He is very pleased to have received the Ray Swanson Memorial Award for his paintings When Freedom Isn’t Free in 2007 and In the Brazos de Dios in 2012. Bruce won the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Award for a work best representing the cowboy in 2010 with his sculpture When the Bloom is on the Beargrass and in 2009 for his painting In the Dust of Days Past, which also received the Silver Medal for Oil Painting at the CAA show.
Other CAA awards include Gold Medals for Drawing and Other Media in 2008 for The Building Storm, in 2010 for An Air of Ability, in 2013 for Brandin’ at the High Lonesome, and Silver Medals in Drawing and Other Media for The Appearance of Promise in 2012 and Wet Blankets in 2015. His medals for sculpture include Silver in 1996 for The Courtship, and in 2009 for Flushed, and Gold in 2012 for Storm on the Plains.
In 1991 Bruce and his wife, Janie, restored an 1883 farmstead outside of Clifton, Texas, where they continue to enjoy the beauty and people of the Texas Hill Country. The old house is regularly filled with the sounds of family and friends. Their three children, with their spouses and now nine grandchildren, know it as a home away from home.