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CLIFTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Bruce Greene tries to tell a story with every piece of his artwork.

“I think the first thing I started drawing was horses,” says Greene. “It’s just a passion of mine.”

Much of his work deals with life on the ranch, from Cowboys around a campfire to landscapes rich with color.

Greene is known as the Cowboy Artist of America, but he’s no stranger to creating work that honors those effected by tragedy.

His latest work will be a story about a father and son.  “I’ve got memories that revolve around baseball with my own kids and family,” says Greene, who lives on a ranch near the Bosque County town of Clifton, about 60 miles south of Fort Worth.

The artist was handpicked by Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan to create a statue honoring Shannon Stone, the Brownwood firefighter who died after falling from the outfield stands while trying to catch a ball tossed to him by outfielder Josh Hamilton.

Greene will tell the story of Shannon Stone and his six-year-old son Cooper at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington that July day.  “They are talking about what they’ve seen at the game, doing the play by play, and I want to put a ball either in Cooper’s glove or in his hand,” Greene points out, looking at a sketch he first took to Ryan. “It will be a challenge to get that interaction, but that’s what will make it special.”

The statue will be placed in front of the Home Plate entrance to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.  Greene plans on working closely with Stone’s widow on the life sized bronze statue that will be called ‘Rangers Fans’.

Greene hopes to unveil the statue in time for the start of the season on April 6, and hopes the statue tells Stone’s story, but also speaks to all baseball fans.  “You walk away with how special the relationship is and how fun it is to be at the ballpark with your son, with your dad.”

The statue honoring Stone and his son will be the third sculpture at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.  A statue of former Arlington mayor Tom Vandergriff welcomes visitors to the plaza named in his honor in Center Field.  A statue of Nolan Ryan’s last appearance as a player is also located in the outfield plaza.

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