The Ranger Code. ©2006, Bruce Green. All Rights Reserved.
For the first time in their long and storied history, the Texas Rangers have put their imprimatur on a painting, The Ranger Code by artist Bruce Greene. The painting was commissioned and purchased by the Texas Ranger Association Foundation Board of Directors in 2006. It commemorates and honors the history and high standards of the Rangers and will be on loan to the permanent collection of outstanding Ranger art at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas.
In commissioning this painting, the Texas Ranger Association Foundation Board of Directors determined to find a Texas artist of uncompromised ethics and integrity - an artist who reflects the dignity, character, and esteemed reputation of the Rangers. Bruce Greene was specifically chosen for this project because he personally reflects these high standards. He is a native Texan who has reached the pinnacle of his profession as a distinguished member and past president of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America.
Greene visited the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum and was given access to its collections of Ranger equipment, photography, and other historical archives. The painting was inspired by the codes of conduct implemented and followed by the Rangers, a good example being "Rules and Regulations Governing Company C, Ranger Force" issued by Captain John H. Rogers in 1906. His code included the type and maintenance of equipment, camp duties, protection of state property, condition of quarters and ,most important, that every Ranger be sober, honest, and of good moral character.
The Texas Ranger Association Foundation Board of Directors has authorized reproductions to be created from the painting. These will include giclees on canvas, canvas lithographs, and lithographs on paper. Each edition will be signed and numbered and limited to the initial offering.
Artist Bruce Greene
Bruce Greene and his family live on a small ranch in the historical community of Norse, near Clifton, Texas. The artist's studio is on the edge of the hill behind his home. Large north windows offer him a continuous view of the Texas Hill Country, a few Hereford cows, and the occasional whitetail deer. "It is a wonderful blessing to be able to make a living for my family, doing what I love in this beautiful place," says Greene.
Several years ago, the artist began
making annual trips to join in the spring work on the great, old
JA Ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon of north Texas. "I go up there
and stay on the chuck wagon with the JA hands and the neighbors that
have come to help. We ride a lot of miles in rough country. It can
be cold, hot, windy and wet - in fact, it can be all of these in
one day. A fella could get lost in some of the mesquite or cedar
thickets. We work a few cows on our place and help out a neighbor
now and then, but the JA trip has been a real inspiration for me
each year. I am absolutely sure that this experience has greatly
affected my artwork
... My good friend, Red Steagall, calls it 'getting the dust in your
nose.' For me, that dust makes the difference."
In addition, his work is represented in several annual
shows and exhibitions including the Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition
at the Phoenix Art Museum; the Prix de West at the National Cowboy & Western
Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City; the Masters of American West Fine
Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage,
California; and at the Round Up Miniature Show at the Cowboy Artists
of America Museum in Kerrville, Texas.
Rules and Regulations Governing Company C Ranger Force
Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger Company C. 1906
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