My name is Butch Mounce and I am based out of Tyler, TX.
When I was a kid in Arkansas, I couldn’t sing like my Grandpa and I couldn’t play a musical instrument, but I found out early that I could paint like Grandma. She always asked me to paint pictures for her.
I studied art in Houston when I was in my 20’s and surprised my teacher when I had a buyer for my first work. It surprised her even more when I refused to sell it. She wasn’t too happy! I still have that tiger.
After my 20’s I didn’t paint for a long time. Life happened. I raised a family and worked in various careers. I even worked as a model and as a stuntman in the entertainment industry.
Then it was time to retire, and I was able to return to art. In 2018, while brushing up on my skills after all these years, I studied with local teacher Betty Shepherd. She helped get me reacquainted with techniques suited for my style. I love animals, especially horses, and most recently I have enjoyed painting patriotic subjects. To me, other than Christ Jesus, a military veteran who has served our country is my greatest hero. I meet them every chance I get.
I paint pictures that I believe in, but the feeling I get about the subject is the most important thing to me. I paint not only with my hands, but also with my heart. My only regret is that I didn’t keep painting all those years. I remember now how much I enjoyed it, and I’m enjoying it now. We should all remember what our passion is and never let it go.
In the words of William Wordsworth,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass,
Of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
Kenneth Harper, upon receiving a print of “Little R,” his white military parade horse, said that this horse died a short time ago. He stated this horse was a direct descendant of the horses that General Patton rescued during WWII. When he saw the painting, Harper said, “You don’t know how hard it is not to lose it over this.” He has since commissioned Butch to do another picture of Little R.
Butch gave a print of the flag raising at Iwo Gima to Green Acres Baptist Church choir director Mike Parks. Each year the church has a 4th of July spectacular, “I Love America,” with a reenactment and patriotic music, honoring all branches of the U.S. military. Mike not only plans to hang the framed print in his office, but after showing it off during choir rehearsal, other prints have been sold.
“When Butch Mounce presented to me the painting of the USMC emblem with my name, dates of entry and discharged rank and medals listed, I was actually speechless. I could not say or react because of the emotion going on inside my heart and mind. At the far corner was my group status of the Devil Dog. The colors were magnificent. The frame, handmade by Butch, was made in the likeness of my dress uniform collar. The picture is hanging in a special place along with other items of my ten-year stay with the Marine Corps. I stand for our great flag. I kneel before the Cross. Thank you Butch Mounce. It is definitely a treasure.”
Robert J. Keene
I have been fortunate to show my work in several arenas and received some recognition for my endeavors during the past two years.
- Palette of Roses Fall Art Show, Tyler, TX, 2018 – Honorable Mention
- Area Visual Arts, Gainesville, TX, 2018 – People’s Choice Award
- Spring Art Show, Mineola TX, 2018 – Third Place, Honorable Mention
- East Texas Texas State Fair, Tyler, TX, 2017 – First Place, Third Place