Born and raised in Clifton, Texas, Martin Grelle lives with his wife Joyce on a ranch a few miles from town. His studio sits in the Meridian Creek Valley, surrounded by the hills of Bosque County, just a short distance from his home.
Grelle began painting when he was young. Mentored by James Boren, Grelle had his first one-man show at a local gallery within a year of graduating from high school. In the years since, he has produced some thirty one-man exhibitions and has won awards at shows around the country.
Grelle was invited into membership with the Cowboy Artists of America in 1995. He was invited to participate in the first Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He has won the Prix de West Purchase Award, the Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyers’ Choice Award, the Cowboy Artists Buyers’ Choice Award, the Silver Award for Water Solubles, the Silver Award for Oil, and the Gold Award for Drawing. He was awarded the Legacy Award by the Briscoe Museum and was presented the Spirit of the West Award by the San Dimas Festival of Arts. Other exhibitions and sales Grelle has participated in include Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum, Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum, the Coeur d’Alene Auction, and the Jackson Hole Art Auction. Grelle has been featured in publications throughout his career, including Art of the West, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, and True West’s 2011 Best of the West Source Book.
Photo by Jerry Hymer Photography