Martin Grelle
MARTIN GRELLE
Native American
Western Artwork

Martin Grelle Born and raised in the foothills surrounding his hometown of Clifton, Texas, he grew up with a deep desire to capture on canvas the beauty of his home. Inspired by the flavor of the small town and its people. He began to paint at an early age, and at eighteen sought professional criticism from noted Cowboy Artist James Boren.

Martin Grelle began painting at an early age. With the guidance of Western artists James Boren and Melvin Warren, both of whom settled in the Clifton area while he was in high school and was able to become a full-time artist in his early 20s. Since that time, he has studied, traveled widely, and sought subject matter throughout the American West. Working primarily in oils on canvas, he marries his figures with the landscape in a painterly style rich in vibrant color.

 His passion for the Old West is evident in the striking landscape he portrays.  Working in oil, Grelle wants viewers to feel a connection to his art that is warm and inviting.  His quiet subtlety and attention to detail have made him one of the finest and most recognized of western artists, renowned for his painting of the contemporary West.

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When Wolves Speak
When Wolves Speak
Wedding Preparations
Wedding Preparations
Passage at Falling Waters
Passage at Falling Waters
Scouts on the Buffalo Fork
Scouts on the Buffalo Fork
Sunrise Sentinel
Sunrise Sentinel
Waiting on the Sun
Waiting on the Sun
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon
Reverence
Reverence
New Wealth for the Blackfeet
New Wealth for the Blackfeet
Troubled Waters
Troubled Waters
Martin Grelle Where Waters Run Cold
Where Waters Run Cold
Apsaalooke Sentinel
Apsaalooke Sentinel

Creek Bottom Search
Roping A Wild One
Ropin a Wild One
Signs Along the Snake
Signs Along the Snake
Prayers of the Pipe Carrier
Prayers of the Pipe Carrier
Days of the Coldmaker
Days of the Coldmaker
Rivers Edge
Rivers Edge

Waiting for the Wolves

Parasols and Black Powder

Apsaalooke Horse Hunters

Empty Lodge

Back from the River
CROWS IN THE YELLOWSTONE
Crows in the Yellowstone

Hunter's Morning
MARTIN GRELLE RUNNING WITH THE ELK DOGS
Running with the Elk-Dogs
TRAPPERS IN THE WIND RIVERS
Trappers in the Wind Rivers
NEWLEY WEDS
Newlyweds

Apsaroke Guardian

Dragonflies
CAMP MEAT AND MULES
Camp Meat and Mules
COWBOY AN AMERICAN ICON
An American Icon
VALLEY GUARDIAN NATIVE AMERICAN ART
Valley Guardian
EAGLE PRAYER INDIAN PICTURE
Eagle Prayer
WITH WONDER SHE WAITS
With Wonder She Waits
THE BUFFALO RATTLER
The Buffalo Rattler
MORNIG VIGIL
Morning Vigil
THE RIVERS GIFT
The River's Gift
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SCOUTS IN ROUGH COUNTRY
Scouts in Rough Country
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MONARCHS OF THE NORTH
Monarchs of the North

A New Day

White Water Crossing
IN THE TEXAS DUST WESTERN ART
In the Texas Dust

Still Water Crossing
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Warming Fire

Cheyenne Wood Gatherer

Night Glow

Challenge

When Horses Leave No Tracks

Crossing the Greasy Grass
HIGH PASSAGE INDIAN PICTURE MARTIN GRELLE
High Passage

Blackfeet at Blacktail Ponds
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Dust in the Distance

Calling It a Day

Quiet Time

Intruders

Coldmaker Morning

Morning Chores

Summer on the Greasy Grass
MARTIN GRELLE CROOKED LANCE
Crooked Lance
MARTIN GRELLE LAST OFTHE PEMMICANS
Last of the Pemmicans
MARTIN GRELLE WHEN WATERS SPEAK
When Waters Speak

Buffalo Dreams

Warriors in the Willows

New Wealth

Spirit of Pi'tamaka - Running Eagle

From Days Past

Stories of Winter
MARTIN GRELLE Weary Hunter
Weary Hunters

Going to Trade

Cautious Crossing
INDIAN PICTURES
Fires Burned Out

Two Coups
The Scarlet Robe
The Scarlet Robe

Offering to the River Spirit

Wary Traveler

Winter of the Apsaroke

Camp Talk

She Waits

Peaceful Morn

Seeking Buffalo

Apsaroke Autumn

Before the River Rises

Cowboy Revival

Winter Quest

Tribute

A Good Crossing

Teller of Tales

A Camp Along the River

Muddy Morning

Brush Country Cowboys

Wagonload of Warmth

Workin on the Sixes

Shallow Crossing

More Than Friends

Texas Legacy

Gathering Storm

Headin Home

By Early Light

Autumn's Gather

Days End

Warrior's Quest

Rainy Autumn

Silent Camp
The Expert cowboy roping cattle pictures and art prints by Martin Grelle
The Expert
Mists of Morning native american indian cowboy horse pictures and art prints by Martin Grelle
Mists of Morning

Sweet Smell of Spring
 

BIO CONTINUED....

Working in a variety of media, but particularly with oils, Grelle characteristically paints with a moderate amount of detail, striving to emphasize color and texture as a means of creating a visual image. He most enjoys dramatic light and shadow effects, but he is equally at home painting the effects of rain and fog. He has in recent years become more and more drawn to doing what he calls “period” paintings, using historical settings and incidents to develop visual stories.

His art reflects his admiration and respect for the cowboys of today.  He owns three American quarter Horses and frequently uses them as models.  He was chosen to be a member of the Cowboy Artist of America, a distinguished and respected honor among Western artists.

Quote:  “I thank God for the ability and the opportunities He has given me, and I hope I can continue to grow and learn more with each finished painting. I am honored by everyone who collects my work, and I will always strive to create artwork worthy of their attention and their investment.”

Grelle was elected to the Cowboy Artists of America in 1995, and he is one of the youngest, active members. He won the CAA People’s Choice Award in 2002 with his painting, Monarchs of the North.* Also in 2002, Grelle’s painting, Teller of Tales, received the top award at the Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. In 2004 at the annual Prix de West Invitational, his painting, Signs Along the Snake, won the Nona Jean Hulsey Ramsey Buyer’s Choice Award for the Most Popular Work of Art and was chosen for inclusion in the museum’s permanent collection. 2005 also brought more acclaim with Two Coups capturing the Prix de West Purchase Award. In early 2007, his painting, Paradise Lost,* was chosen to appear in the silent bid portion of the Masters of the American West at the Autry National Center. The artist is represented by Overland Gallery of Fine Art where a one-man show is held each March; the 2008 show will mark Grelle’s 20th anniversary with the gallery.

The artist has been profiled in many publications and his work has been featured on the covers of several magazines including Southwest Art, American Cowboy, Art of the West, Western Horseman, The Equine Image, and Persimmon Hill.