I live in the back country of northern California. The landscape that surrounds my daily life has become the inspiration for my abstract paintings. The seasons change and nature's pallet travels from dark greens in spring to golds in summer and finally to white in winter. Each painting brings to the canvas the essence and my interpretation of the landscape that I pass through daily. My work has been an awakening, revealing the inner spirit of my heart. The paint moves from palette knife to canvas releasing the paint to tell its own story. My hand holds the energy from within as the mixing of the paint colors ignite and nature's beauty emerges.
I studied art and design at California State Long Beach as well as printmaking at Otis/Parsons Art Institute. My interest in art led me to a career representing artists and photographers located in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Then in 1992 I took my first painting workshop with Maurice Larioux in Santa Fe, NM and I was hooked on painting. I continued studying on my own and taking workshops with known artists to learn the art of painting. I have been involved with art for most of my life. Printmaking, fiber-sculpture and graphic design are all part of who I am, but painting is my true love. I look to my previous careers as very important, since they were a molding of different mediums that formed what I do today.
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Sacramento Plein Air Painters
Photo 1: Ruth Andre
Photo 2: Ruth & husband, Tom, with First Lady Laura Bush at the White House Christmas reception for artists.