Bruce R. Greene is one of the legitimate heirs to a cowboy kind of art legacy that traces its beginning 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. It is this privileged perspective that enables him to show viewers, through his art, the contemporary cowboy’s authentic essence. There will come a time when the cowboys of today will look at Greene’s art and smile at the memory of the way their world once was.
Greene was elected to membership in the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) in 1993 and served terms as president in both 2002 and 2013, and as president of the CAA Joe Beeler Foundation in 2019. He has received numerous awards in sculpture, painting and drawing by the CAA, including the Ray Swanson Memorial Award in 2007 and 2012. Greene received the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association award for a work best representing the cowboy in 2009 for painting and 2010 for sculpture. In 2018 he was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and, also last year, received the Prix de West Donald Teague Memorial Award. He is honored to be the Prix de West collector’s bolo artist for 2019.
In 1991, Greene and wife, Janie, restored an 1883 farmstead outside Clifton, Texas, where they enjoy time with their three children and their spouses and nine grandchildren.