The Girl’s Got Potential

Figurative Oil on Panel

Details:
  • Size: H: 14 inch W: 14 inch D: 1 inch
  • Subject: Other
  • Style: Fine Art
  • Medium: Oil

$ 2,500.00

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About the artist:

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Bio: Beauty is everywhere, from the rainbow of colors in our skin, to the personality evoked by the slant of a brow, to the inner glow of a rose petal. Working in several veins at once, I often use traditional oil painting to convey modern subjects. I also do pastels that depict the myriad textures found in nature. In my Hands series, I explore taboo emotions, such as frustration, depression and even suicidal tendencies. To ignore negative emotion is to stigmatize people who are experiencing devastation. Life isn’t perfect; but, it’s all valid, beautiful, even gorgeous. I believe we lose the Van Gogh’s of this world because we refuse to look at negative emotions and situations, as if they are catching or by indulging them we make them worse. Modern insistence on “staying positive” can seem to blame victims of life’s hardships for their situations. By sharing my own emotional experiences, I hope to help others feel less alone. A member of Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America, I’ve exhibited in the Michigan State Governor’s Residence, the OPA Eastern Regional Exhibit, the Midland Center for the Arts, Saginaw Valley State University and University of Wisconsin. Once featured in the Midland Daily News as a local master, I’ve also studied under master portrait artist Daniel Greene in New York and attended UW Madison’s Life Drawing studio. While earning my Bachelors of Fine Art at SVSU, I researched methods and materials of the old masters. Personal heroes are John Singer Sargent, who could capture a person’s spirit in a painting; Vincent van Gogh, for his fearless exploration of emotion through color and paint; and, Rembrandt van Rijn, for his complete mastery of the brush stroke. Contact me www.reneeruggles.com or renee.ruggles@gmail.com
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