Often artists are drawn to depict subject matter they know intimately, which creates personal narratives in their artwork. April 5 through 26, Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, will mount a threeartist exhibition that touches on family history and culture. Heritage of My Home, featuring the work of Mary Ross Buchholz, Oreland Joe and Gladys Roldan-de-moras, will see ancestry unfold in images of ranch life, the Native American people and scenes focusing
on Hispanic/latin heritage.
Buchholz is a sixth-generation rancher who continues that way of life today with her husband and their family. “My choice of subject matter naturally reflects my love of the land and my experiences around animals and of growing up on a ranch,” she shares. “The animals and people that I encounter every day are often my subjects; and I am grateful to witness their true character and hope to portray them honestly.”
Using charcoal and graphite, Buchholz renders the different textures and characteristics of her subjects to create timeless black-and-white imagery, such as She's Starting Well, which was inspired by her filly Little Bit. “I often pack around my camera hoping to capture those moments of inspiration,” she explains. “My husband breaks and trains our own horses. As you can imagine, there can be some fleeting moments when he is starting colts. This filly named Little Bit traveled smoothly and had a
beautifully flexed head early on in her training. When sorting through my reference photos, I just had to capture the dazzling highlights glinting off her mane and coat as well as how the light and shadows filtered across Bob’s leggings. All of the scuffs and cracks in his leggings could actually tell a story on their own.”
Joe says that he is a historian at heart and all of his stone sculptures and paintings are reflections of his upbringing. “I have been around traditions all of my life, so it’s not very hard to look for subject matter,” Joe says. “I am Southern Ute and Navajo. My influence is period time events and history that had an impact on the Plains Indians, 1800s to 1900. [This includes] trade, battles, hunting, courting, change of lifestyles, ceremony and songs.”
Each one of Joe’s pieces has a narrative, allowing him to share his knowledge through various mediums. One of his pieces for the show is Medicine of Blackhorse, depicting Blackhorse who escaped Darlington Agency in 1875. “He was to be sent to Fort Marion in Florida. Instead, he escaped along with a handful of rebel Cheyenne who were responsible for the Sand Springs battle,” Joe explains. “Despite a wound, Blackhorse managed to make it back to Montana to the Northern Cheyenne and participated in many more battles.”
Roldan-de-moras has painted pieces for the exhibition that reflect her upbringing in Monterrey, Mexico, as well as the Hispanic/latin heritage that is represented in her current city of San Antonio, Texas. “The festivities, the landscape and some famous architectural elements of this area of Texas are what I have chosen to represent,” she says.
Many of Roldan-de-moras’ paintings depict the “Mexican escaramuzas riding horses sidesaddle
in rodeo-style festivals, their vibrant costumes works of art in themselves,” the gallery explains. Her paintings Escaramuza Charra and Getting Ready at the Parade are two examples depicting these women.
“Escaramuza Charra is the moment when a team of escaramuzas, and their families, are asked to enter the arena and present themselves before the competition or exhibition starts,” she explains. “Because I am so attracted to painting sunlight, I chose a hot summer day when the wind was blowing, and the ladies were preparing themselves to enter the lienzo charro (rodeo). You can see a young girl holding the banner that has the name of her team, and you can see a young mother, who has her child dressed up in the same outfit waiting to be called to make the entrance. This is the only time when youngsters can ride with their family members.”
Heritage of My Home opens with a reception for the artists on April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mary Ross Buchholz, Place of Honor, Goat Skull, charcoal, 15 x 25"
Mary Ross Buchholz, She’s Starting Well, charcoal, 20 x 19"
Gladys Roldan-de-moras, Escaramuza Charra, oil, 36 x 48"
Oreland Joe, Medicine of Blackhorse, oil, 30 x 20"
Gladys Roldan-de-moras, Into the Light, oil, 40 x 32"
Oreland Joe, War Drums Across the Solomon River, oil, 18 x 14"