Mary Baxter




MARY BAXTER (b. 1963)


Mary Baxter has always had a keen interest in art, particularly as a result of family camping trips to the Chihuahuan Desert. She pursued her passion at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she studied painting and advanced printmaking and earned her bachelor of science degree. Fully self-financing her studies, Baxter worked across the country on the high goal polo circuit.

Baxter moved to the Big Bend region when she leased a ranch Southwest of Marfa for raising cattle and training horses. It was there that she began to see the beauty of the rugged desert and interpret it in her paintings. After several years, she was able to free herself of ranch duties to paint full-time.

She relocated to Marathon and opened the Baxter Studio and Gallery in the old Shoemake Hardware Building. There, she continued to produce and sell her works for ten years. Baxter currently resides and works in Marfa, using a vintage Silver Streak trailer to live in more remote locations where she creates some of her smaller, plein air paintings. She frequently gathers ideas and sketches for larger pieces which she finishes later in her studio. This approach has helped Baxter truly convey the beauty of the Texas landscape.


Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1963 Born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1988 BS, Painting and Advanced Printmaking, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • 2002–12 Baxter Studio and Gallery, Marathon
  • 2005 Best in Show, Trappings of Texas, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine
  • 2006–07 Residency, McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis
  • 2011 Residency, Madroño Ranch, Medina
  • Resides in Marfa, Texas


Selected Exhibitions

  • 2003 Solo, Ballroom Marfa
  • 2004 Group of five, Baxter Gallery, Marathon
  • 2005 Two-person show, Highland Gallery, Marfa
  • 2005–08 Trappings of Texas, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine
  • 2005–09 Annual Animal Art Show, Invitational, Big Bend Venue
  • 2008 Hunting Art Prize Exhibition, Houston
  • 2008 Invitational, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin
  • 2009 Solo, Eugene Binder Exhibition Space, Marfa
  • 2010 Solo, Museum of the Southwest, Midland
  • 2010 Solo, Hunt Gallery, San Antonio
  • 2011 Group of four, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo
  • 2013 Holidays at the Haley, Haley Memorial Library, Midland
  • 2014 National Ranching Heritage Museum, Lubbock
  • 2014 Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas
  • 2015 Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring
  • 2015 Ties that Bind: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas


Selected Public Collections

  • Blue Bonnet Electric Cooperative, Bastrop
  • Data Foundry, Austin
  • McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis and Austin
  • Marfa National Bank, Marfa
  • Riata Energy, Dallas