Garnet Buster, New Braunfels, Texas Member Since January 2010 Artist Statement Trace with your finger the ancient design on a beautiful pot, the notches on the handle of a tomahawk, drag your fingernail down the rows of kernels of Indian corn, peer into the mystic mountain scenes and feel as though you are there, walk into the nostalgia of old barns and feel the magic of days gone by. You feel that you can do these things with Garnet's exquisite paintings. There is something mythical in his work that brings to mind vanishing civilizations, lost cultures and nostalgia.
Garnet grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and began his career painting sale items on the market windows of his father's meat market. He also used butcher paper as a canvas to sketch on. His full time art career began in 1973, and since that time his unusual painting technique has brought his work to discriminating collectors throughout America. Garnet and his wife Verna have traveled through most of the United States, England and parts of France, Italy, Western Canada and many other places.
Garnet was featured in Southwest Art Magazine in May 1979. In 1991 he was chosen for participation in the "Art in Embassies" program of the U.S. Department of State. In this program, two of his paintings hung in the American Embassy in Beijing, China for two years.
Garnet paints in Watercolor, Oil and Acrylic. His paintings are done with fine detail and realism. He has perfected his techniques over 37 years as a professional painter. Garnet has always painted from an early age and attended Texas State University as an Art students in the 1960's. He paints mostly the things that he has great feelings for, but enjoys the challenge of commission work as well.
Garnets' paintings hang in private collections and Museums such as:
O.S. Ranch Museum, Post, Texas George W. Bush, President of the United States Tony Lama Boot Company, El Paso, Texas Ben E. Keith, Budweiser Distributor Carol Burnett, Actress Nelson Wolfe, Ex-Mayor, San Antonio, Texas Sam Butcher, Creator of Precious Moments figures Diamond-M Museum, Snyder, Texas Coors Brewing Company, El Paso, Texas Mountain Oyster Club (member), Tucson, Arizona Ranching Heritage Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
1976 - Best of Show (watercolor) Continental Congress Juried Art Show 1990 - Artist Choice Award - Midwest Gathering of Artist, Carthage, Missouri 1991 - First Place Oil, Ponca City Fine Arts Festival 1992 - Chosen for participation - Art in Embassies program, U.S. Dept of State 1992 - Best of Civil War Historical Era, Alamo Kiwanis Club Military Historical Art Show, San Antonio, Texas 1992 & 1993 - Sam Butcher Award (Precious Moments Foundation), Midwest Gathering of Artist, Carthage, Missouri 1993 - Car-Mar Award, Midwest Gathering of Artist, Carthage, Missouri Dandridge Award - Brushstrokes Fine Art Show
Past and Present Exhibits:
Celebration of the Arts - Scottsdale, Arizona Mountain Oyster Club Art Show (Member), Tucson, Arizona Stamford Cowboy Round Up, Stamford Art Foundation Art Show, Stamford, Texas Midwest Gathering of Artists, Carthage, Missouri O.S. Ranch Art Show, Post, Texas New Mexico Classic Art Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico Happy Canyon Western Art Show, Pendelton, Oregon American Royal Association Art Show, Kansas City, Missouri Western Heritage Classic Art Show, Abilene, Texas Alamo Kiwanis Club Fine Art Show, San Antonio, Texas Pippen Western Art Show, Prescott, Arizona Bosque Conservatory of Art Annual Exhibit & Sale, Clifton, Texas Southwest Classic Invitational Fine Art Show, Kerrville, Texas Stampede Western Invitational, Greeley, Colorado Cheyenne Old West Museum Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming Museum of Western Art Round Up Show & Sale, Kerrville, Texas
Past & Present Galleries:
Pitzers Fine Art, Wimberly, Texas Mooney Art Gallery, San Antonio, Texas Corpus Christi Art Gallery, Corpus Christi, Texas Gary Osborne Gallery, Port Arkansas, Texas Canavan Art Gallery