Mary Ross Buchholz is from a pioneering, ranching family heritage and those time-honored traditions and values are a tremendous part of her life today. Buchholz, her husband and three children live and ranch in rural west Texas near the town of Eldorado.
For over 17 years, art has been Buchholz’s devotion. She offers a glimpse of her daily ranch life using the most primitive of mediums, charcoal and graphite. It is the striking beauty of her pieces with softly rendered detail that captivates and intrigues her audience.
Buchholz has participated in many museum shows across the country including the Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, TX as well as The Russell at the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT, Cowgirl Up! at Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, AZ and Small Works Great Wonders at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage museum in Oklahoma. Recognition has come quickly as she has won numerous awards that range from “Artists’ Choice” at the 2010 Heart of the West Show at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame & Museum to being selected as “Signature Artist” for the 2012 AQHA: America’s Horse in Art Commemorative Piece, the “Western Art Collector Merit Award” at the 2013 Scottsdale Salon Show. Buchholz was recently selected as the winner of the Western Art Collector Award of Excellence and finalist in the 2014 ARC Art Renewal Center competition.
Recent articles and books featuring Buchholz include:
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 Nat’l Cowboy Museum & Western Heritage Center)
America’s Horse —Cover Aug. 2012 Issue: “Ranch Roots” by Holly Clanahan
Of her process she says:
“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.”