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Mary Ross
ARC Associate Living Master™
American artist

Biographical Information


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. Mary and her husband, Bob, live and ranch in rural west Texas near the town of Eldorado. For over 18 years, art has been Mary'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 the softly rendered detail that captivates and intrigues her audience.

Mary is represented by InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX and Legacy Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ, Jackson, WY and Bozeman, MT. She has been featured in publications including the Western Horseman, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, America's Horse, Quarter Horse News, True West, Western Art & Architecture, Cowboys & Indians and the award winning book Brushstrokes & Balladeers by CJ Hadley with Range Magazine.


"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 horse'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."

Selected Shows & Galleries

Represented by InSight Gallery and Legacy Galleries

Night of the Artists / San Antonio, TX / 2013-2016
Cowgirl Up! / Desert Caballeros Museum / Wickenburg, AZ / 2015-2016
Texas Masters / Fredericksburg, TX / 2013-2016
The Russell / Great Falls, MT / 2011-2012, 2014-2015
Small Works Great Wonders / Oklahoma City, OK / 2014-2015
AQHA: America's Horse in Art / Amarillo, TX / 2010-2015
Holiday Small Works / Legacy Gallery / Scottsdale, AZ / 2011-2015
Holiday Small Works / Insight / Fredericksburg, TX / 2013-2015
Western Art Show / Doss Heritage Center / Weatherford, TX / 2013-2014
Home on the Ranch / Desert Caballeros Museum / Wickenburg, AZ / 2014
Bosque Art Classic / Clifton, TX / 2009-2014
Scottsdale Salon / Scottsdale, AZ / 2011-2013
Heart of the West Show & Sale / Ft. Worth, TX / 2010
Greenhouse Gallery Salon International / San Antonio, TX / 2002

Selected Professional Awards

ARC Art Renewal Center Salon Competition / Finalist / 2015
ARC Salon Competition / Western Art Collector Award of Excellence / 2014
Scottsdale Salon Show / Western Art Collector Merit Award / 2013
AQHA: America's Horse in Art / Signature Artist - Commemorative Piece / 2012
The Pearce Museum / Gold Medal in Drawing Media / 2012
American Plains Artists / First Place / 2011
Heart of the West show / Artists' Choice Award / 2010
FASO Bold Brush painting competition / Top 15% Finalist / 2010
Gold Medal Bosque Art Classic / Gold Medal / 2009

Dapple Dan

Oil and gold leaf
71.12 x 50.8 cm
(28" x 20")
Private collection

Added: 2017-04-12
Dun It

Charcoal and graphite
25.4 x 24.13 cm
(10" x 9½")
Private collection

Added: 2017-04-12
Sweet Spot

Charcoal and graphite
35.56 x 34.29 cm
(14" x 13½")
Private collection

Added: 2017-04-12
Ringo and Blue

Charcoal and graphite
45.72 x 60.96 cm
(18" x 24")
Private collection

Added: 2017-04-12
Wet Behind the Ears

Charcoal and graphite
32.385 x 23.495 cm
(12¾" x 9¼")
Private collection

Added: 2017-04-12
Copper Penny

Oil and gold leaf
76.2 x 50.8 cm
(30" x 20")
Private collection

Added: 2017-04-12
She's Coming Along Along

Charcoal and graphite
47.625 x 29.21 cm
(18¾" x 11½")
Private collection

Added: 2017-04-12
TSGR sheep

Charcoal and graphite
34.925 x 45.0885 cm
(13¾" x 17¾")
Private collection

Added: 2017-04-12
Mugging Mania

Charcoal and Graphite
39.37 x 59.69 cm
(15½" x 23½")
Private collection

Added: 2015-07-16
Midday Change

Charcoal and Graphite
28.575 x 31.75 cm
(11¼" x 12½")
Private collection

Added: 2015-07-16