Grace Knox, 92, of N. Canal Street, Carlsbad, NM, passed away March 31, 2023 at Lakeview Christian Home. Cremation has taken place and there will be no public service. Grace was born September 22, 1930 in Walsenberg, Colorado to James Warren and Martha Jane (Gibbons) Landess.
When her parents died at a young age, Grace left her ranch where she grew up and moved to Denver to complete high school. She always dreamed of attending college to study art. She worked hard and put herself through college and fulfilled her dream by becoming accomplished in Western oil paintings. Grace later moved to Carlsbad where she met Robert “Bob” Knox. Bob and Grace married on June 12, 1951.
Grace’s acclaim and recognition as a cowboy artist bears her out. She displayed her paintings at the prestigious Mountain Oyster Club’s Invitational Western Art Show for many years, OS Steer Roping and Art Exhibit, New York Gallery, and the Tucson Museum of Art where her art was displayed with other noted artists (Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, Maynard Dixon).
Grace’s paintings of a historical train robbery were used in the book “Heritage of an Outlaw”, The Story of Frank Nash, and two of her paintings were on Leaning Tree cards.
Grace was also invited to participate in the “Trail of Painted Ponies” and painted two life size horse statues which were featured in their publication.
Many well-known famous people purchased Grace Knox paintings throughout the years including John Travolta, Burt Reynolds, Ken Berry (Festus on Gunsmoke), Bob Barker and Jack Elam. Governor John Connally also commissioned her to paint a large oil painting of his race horses.
In Grace’s later years, she enjoyed teaching art at the Mesa Street Senior Citizens Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob Knox, three brothers and two sisters. Survivors include her two sons: Jeff Knox and wife Jody; Harold Knox and wife, Wanda; grandchildren: Jake Knox and wife Melonie; Jandi Knox, and great-grandson, Nolan Knox.
Memorial contributions can be made to Lakeview Christian Home, 1905 W. Pierce St, Carlsbad, NM 88220. Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.