Buck Braden has been an artist and historian all of his life. Drawing figures, faces, horses and ships was the natural thing for him to do. His hometown in Kansas had no art classes but Buck was always considered the school artist. He attended Fort Hays State University where he studied painting, printmaking, ceramics and design, and minored in history. Buck received his BA in 1969, then spent the next two years in the Army as an illustrator. He returned to Fort Hays where he taught Fundamentals of Art and Printmaking while he obtained a Masters in Art. He continued drawing, painting and ceramics through the eleven years he spent teaching fine arts in Kansas at the high school level.
In 1988 he and his wife moved to Washington where he worked as an architectural and naval architectural renderer. His love of history and ships led him to serve on the Board of Directors for the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport (Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain) for four years. He became of member of the Ocean Shores, Washington Art Association and the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). During that time his artwork concentrated on maritime subjects and the figure. Through ASMA and the Historical Seaport Buck met historic sailing ship experts and modelers who taught him much about sailing, rigging, blocks, and spars, which he uses in his highly detailed maritime work. He exhibited in the Mystic International Marine Exhibit and several galleries on the Washington coast, Seattle and Los Angeles.
In 1994, Buck and his wife moved to the Portland Metro area. His paintings were shown in the Annual ASMA and Coos Art Museum Exhibit, and maritime exhibits in San Diego and Long Beach, California and sold at galleries in Newport Beach. Buck continued his studies in both watercolor and oil under Arvie Smith, one of the premier Northwest artists, for ten years. His focus became painting the human figure. For nearly seven years he exhibited his work at the Talisman Gallery in Portland and had both group and solo in galleries including Kingstaad and Broderick galleries in Portland and Knowlton Gallery in the Bay Area, California.
His fascination with history plays a large role in his painting. Currently, Buck is working on several oil painting series: Opera, Native American, Streetcar of Desire, and commissions for portraits, biographical portraits, and portraits of both ship profiles and maritime subjects.