Bruce Marshall (1929-2015), "The Gonzales 'Come and Take it' Cannon of 1835", watercolor, 23 x 30", frame: 29.25 x 37"
Bruce Marshall is a fourth generation Texan. He is the descendent of a Confederate General, grew up on ranches in Texas and Mexico, and was taught to ride and shoot by an uncle who was a Texas Ranger. Among Marshall's best known works are: The Texas Citizen Soldier (6' x 12') commissioned by the National Guard Association of Texas and hanging in the Texas Room at the National Infantry Museum; The Patriot (5' x 9') hanging in the Mahler Student Center of Dallas Baptist University; and Ten Historic Texans commissioned by Southwestern Bell as a cover for over 15 million telephone directories. His work is also in the permanent collection of the War Memorial Museum in Virginia, the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, the San Jacinto Monument, and the Alamo. His work has been exhibited at the Texas Capitol Rotunda four times, the University of Arizona, the Cannon House Office Building in Washington DC, the Smithsonian, and the Musee de l'Homme in Brussels, Belgium. The State of Texas created a special title for him: "Artist of the 65th Legislature". Other unique titles bestowed upon him have been "Artist in Residence of the Texas Navy" and "National Artist, Confederate States of America". Marshall wrote and illustrated both Uniforms of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution and Uniforms of the Republic of Texas" These books are the culmination of years of research and feature lavish watercolors. His biography, Bruce Marshall: The Man & His Legacy by Dr. James Semones, is forthcoming.