Meet Our Artists
Dave McGary (1958-2013), a legend among contemporary artists of the American West, was considered the Master of Realism depicting Native American Indians and his many awards during the past decade more than verify his popularity among collectors and fellow artists. His ability to capture the human spirit knows no equal, and his attention to detail in form and historic content are exhilarating.
Dave was born the son of a ranching family in Cody, Wyoming. As a teenager, he was one of four people in the United States awarded a grant to study anatomy and the bronze-making process with master craftsmen in Italy. After returning to America in 1978, Dave spent the next three years working at a bronze foundry, developing his own style and techniques. In 1981, Dave opened his own foundry and finishing facility in the southern mountains of New Mexico. By 1982, Dave’s bronze work began receiving recognition at national art competitions, receiving Best of Show, and gold and silver medals for Death Mask, Story of the Little People, My Heart Is the Eagle, War Deeds, Birth Of Long Soldier, and Long Soldier. Two of his bronzes, Horse Thief and Buffalo Warrior are in the permanent collection in the Old Executive Office building at the White House Complex, Washington, D.C.
Dave was a special friend to Rainmakers. His Shaman bronze adorns the entrance to the clubhouse. As a tribute to Dave, following his passing, each golf hole was named after one of his beautiful sculptures.
Thank you to West Hilzer, whose wife, Sally, grew up in Cody, Wyoming where Dave was born and raised. West, a long-time PGA Teaching Professional with ties to the early days of Rainmakers, did all the research and assigned the names for each hole.
Visit Daves website at www.davemcgary.com
The Adobe Fine Art
The Rainmakers clubhouse is adorned with artwork from the Adobe Fine Art gallery. Adobe Fine Art is the premier art gallery in the community of Ruidoso. Locally owned and family operated. The gallery features fine art, original paintings, limited addition bronzes, sculptures, and hand made designer jewelry. Visit their website at www.theadobefineart.com or their gallery located at 2905 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345.