Lubbock, Texas, raised in San Antonio, Mary Baxter has
felt the ‘rightness’ of the Chihuahuan Desert, ever
since family camping trips there as a little girl.
graduated in 1987 from the University of Texas at San
Antonio, where she studied painting and advanced
printmaking. Her degree was self-financed by working in
between semesters, across the country on the high-goal
she moved to a ranch an hour Southwest of Marfa, to help
raise stocker yearlings and train horses, and it was
there that she began to see the beauty and make
paintings of the rugged desert. After several years she
was able to quit the ranch work and the training and
trading of horses, and paint full-time.
to Marathon in 2002, Baxter used the old Shoemaker
Hardware building as her studio and gallery for ten
years before moving back to Marfa. Now she is happily
ensconced in the former high school Vocational Ag.
building as her current workio. (Which somehow seems
sort of appropriate.)
continues to use her vintage Silver Streak trailer that
allows her to work in more remote locations, where the
smaller paintings are done ‘en plein air’ and the ideas
and sketches are gathered for the large paintings that
will be finished in the studio.