(1961 - present)
(1961-Present) Bruce Graham is a Wyoming artist known for his ability to capture dramatic light and color in his western oil paintings. Trained as an illustrator at Utah State University, he left the world of commercial art in order to paint what really matters to him; horses, cowboys and scenes of the west.
Born in 1961 in New York City, Bruce spent most of his childhood in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, where he was the only child on the beach wearing cowboy boots. “I always knew I’d end up in the west” says Bruce, whose connection to cowboys began in his childhood. “My grandfather had the Two Dot Ranch in Cody, Wyoming, and I was surrounded by stories of the place.
I wanted to be a part of it. I thought it would be great to be a cowboy.” Painting scenes of the west seemed to be the next logical step — Bruce drew his first cowboy at the age of six, a charcoal drawing his mother still proudly displays. Bruce’s studio is located in Buffalo, Wyoming at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. He uses his cowboy friends and neighbors as models, and his own horses appear in many of his paintings. The subjects of Bruce’s paintings may range from cowboys and horses, to Native Americans and landscapes, but his work is unified in his use of color and light. “I watch for the dramatic light that we see out here in the west,” he says. “Most of my paintings are set in the morning or evening when the sun is low on the horizon. It’s that time of day when even a seasoned cowboy will stop for second and notice how beautiful his surroundings are.”