For 22 years, art has been Mary Ross Buchholz’s devotion. Buchholz and her husband live and ranch in rural west Texas near the town of Eldorado. Coming from a pioneering ranching family, she offers a glimpse of her daily ranch life through her paintings, sculpture and the most primitive of mediums, charcoal and graphite. Buchholz strives to capture the authenticity of their way of life by gathering reference material from the ranch, and as a result, each piece she creates is a testament to her family’s ranching traditions.
Buchholz relishes in creating the portrait, whether the subject is an animal or person; she enjoys subtlety rendering the details, the different textures and the individual characteristics of her subjects. It has been said that her drawings seem timeless and impart a simplicity without distractions. She hopes to captivate the viewer both up-close and from a distance.
Mary is represented by InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX, and Montana Trails in Bozeman, MT; and she participates in many museum shows across the country. She has been featured in publications including the Western Horseman, Western Art & Architecture, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, America’s Horse, Quarter Horse News, True West, Cowgirls Magazine and Cowboys & Indians.
Recent awards include:
Artist Award Sculptor for the 2020-2024 Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum, 9th place in the 2020 Members Only Portrait Society of America Animal category, 1st place in the 2019 Members Only Portrait Society of America still-life category, 2019 Portrait Society of America Tri-State Competition Juried Show, Best Sketchbook Award for Feb/Mar 2018 in the PleinAir Salon Competition. Buchholz was also selected as both a winner and finalist in the 10th Annual ARC Art Renewal Center Salon competition and as a finalist in the 11th, 12th, 13th ,14th & 15th ARC Salon competitions.
The eyes are my favorite part of an animal. I feel like thats where youre able to see the life; as people say, the eye captures the soul of the horse. I want my pieces to not only look real, but feel real. Im always mindful of the horses personality and hope each piece is portrayed with honesty and simplicity. I am blessed that what I enjoy drawing is right here, out my backdoor. My art does not romanticize our way of life; it simply and honestly portrays the people, the animals, and the environment of the west. I hope my art conveys to the viewer the authenticity of our way of life.”