Mary Ross Buchholz Gentlin' Touch cowboy horses equine pencil drawing western painting ranch

Mary Ross Buchholz biography:

For over 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.

Mary Ross Buchholz artist portrait photo

Of Her Process:

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 strives to captivate the viewer both up-close and from a distance.

There are several elements that contribute to her work having realistic and three-dimensional qualities; and they are her:  acute observation skills, knowledge of anatomy, recognition of planes and plane changes, and wide range of values which in turn all help to describe form.

Buchholz deliberately leads the viewer’s eye around various areas of her drawings.  This can be achieved by designing works with the placement of detail in specific focal areas, having strong compositions, interesting lighting, and the use of negative space.  Another important aspect of her work is having areas of rest.  Much like beautifully composed music, art needs areas of rest or areas that have less detail or only subtlety suggested detail.  Buchholz feels it is all a balancing act when creating an intriguing piece of artwork.

Statement:

“The eyes are my favorite part of an animal.  I feel like that’s where you’re 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.  I’m always mindful of the subject’s 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.”

Buchholz has participated in many museum shows across the country including Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, TX, Small Works Great Wonders at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage museum in Oklahoma City, OK, The Russellat the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT, and Cowgirl Up! At the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, AZ.

Recognition has come quickly as she has won numerous awards that include a 1st place in the 2019 Members Only Portrait Society of America still-life category and “Best Sketchbook Award” for Feb/Mar 2018 in the PleinAir.Salon Competition.  Buchholz was also selected as the winner of the “Western Art Collector Award of Excellence” in the 10th Annual ARC Art Renewal CenterSalon competition and as a finalist in the 11th, 12th, and 13th ARC Salon Competitions.

 

Available artwork:

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Mary Ross Buchholz His Horizons young cowboy horse equine western pencil drawing painting

“His Horizons”
Mary Ross Buchholz
Pencil   16 1/2″ x 15 1/2″
$4,000

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Mary Ross Buchholz Good Boy charcoal graphite drawing horse portrait western painting

“Good Boy”
Mary Ross Buchholz
Charcoal/graphite   11″ x 14″
$3,400

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Mary Ross Buchholz Gentlin' Touch cowboy horses equine pencil drawing western painting ranch

“Gentlin’ Touch”
Mary Ross Buchholz
Pencil   27 1/4″ x 21 1/2″
$8,000

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Mary Ross Buchholz Checking The Wind dog pencil drawing western painting

“Checking The Wind”
Mary Ross Buchholz
Pencil   11″ x 14″
$1,350

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Mary Ross Buchholz Morning Conference cowboy horse saddle ranch pencil drawing western painting

“Morning Conference”
Mary Ross Buchholz
Pencil   14″ x 15 1/2″
$4,500

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Mary Ross Buchholz Belgian Beauty horse equine pencil drawing western painting

“Belgian Beauty”
Mary Ross Buchholz
Pencil   21 3/4″ x 17 1/2″
$6,000

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Available bronzes:

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Mary Ross Buchholz elk stag mirror wildlife sculpture western bronze

“Elk Stag Mirror”
Mary Ross Buchholz
30″ x 13 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
bronze edition of 5
(only one left in the edition)
$4,000

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Mary Ross Buchholz longhorn mirror western sculpture western bronze cattle

“Longhorn Mirror”
Mary Ross Buchholz
26 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
bronze edition of 5
$4,000

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Mary Ross Buchholz Whitetail deer mirror sculpture wildlife western bronze

“Whitetail Deer Mirror”
Mary Ross Buchholz
26 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
bronze edition of 5
$4,000

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Mary Ross Buchholz mule deer mirror wildlife sculpture western bronze

“Mule Deer Mirror”
Mary Ross Buchholz
27″ x 13 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
bronze edition of 5
$4,000

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Interested in any of these artworks, call us 800-958-5360 or email us sales@artzline.com.

 

 

Recent articles and books featuring Buchholz include:

Southwest Art—2019 March Issue:  Heritage of my Home – three person show

Art of the West— 2018 March/April Issue:  Feature article by Clover Neiberg

Western Art Collector—2018 March Issue:  Museum Preview & Artist Focus

The Book of the Horse:  Horses in Art –2018 Laurence King Publishing

Western Horseman—April 2017 Issue:  Cover & article by Jennifer Denison

Western Art Collector –April 2017 Issue:  Gallery Focus with InSight Gallery

Fine Art Connoisseur—April 2017 Issue:  The Timeless Appeal of Horses

Reflections of the West 2015 Range Conservation Foundation & RANGE Magazine published by C.J. Hadley

Western Horseman—April 2014 Issue:  Cover & Feature Article by Kate Bradley

Southwest Art—Jan. 2014 Issue:  “Drawing on Experience” by Gussie Fauntleroy

Brushstrokes & Balladeers – 2013 Range Conservation Foundation & RANGE Magazine published by C.J. Hadley (winner of Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Museum & Western Heritage Center)

America’s Horse Aug. 2012 Issue:  Cover & Feature Article “Ranch Roots” by Holly Clanahan

 

 

Mary Ross Buchholz artist at easel creating drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

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