I HAVE been painting since the early 2000’s. In early 2014, I moved away from representational painting and began a focused exploration of abstract form and flow in bold colors, experimenting with spatial relationship of shapes on larger canvases.
I work in both acrylic and oil paints, depending on my mood and the effect I am trying to achieve with any given painting. Acrylic paint allows me to revel in immediacy, permanently holding each gestural pass of the brush or knife with the paint’s quick drying qualities. Working with oil paints, I can lose myself in their cream quality and rich pure colors that allow for infinite blending, flow and textural possibilities. In both media, I use brush work and palette-knife texturing to explore the interplay between complimentary and discordant colors. By making use of a range of contrasting color combinations, I’m able to express the sometimes flowing, sometimes clumsy, rhythms of motion and emotion.
I APPROACH painting with the same joy and curiosity as a child offered a new box of crayons and a blank sheet of paper. Facing the open expanse of a new canvas, I allow myself to let go of rules, deadlines, critical thought and all internal and external censure. While creating, I open myself to the joyous freedom of imagination and creative possibility.
By allowing myself to paint with creative abandon, I am able the channel work that is both deeply personal and draws on wells of experience and emotion rooted within. The resulting canvases reveal artwork that is wildly colorful, filled with movement, humor, and playfulness – a merry playground for the eyes.
RUBY LINDER has a cross-cultural soul and sensibility. A first generation American with familial and cultural roots in Germany, Ruby grew up in the mountains of Colorado. She spent her college years in Paris, and her twenties in Berlin. Ruby moved to Seattle in 1989. In Seattle, Ruby discovered the ideal environment to support her need for inner balance. The ready access to nature and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest felt like home, feeding her body and spirit; while the vibrant arts and cultural community, nourished her mind and imagination. The artistic expression of her cross-cultural pollination makes for an eclectic aesthetic. It is punctuated with the color, rhythms and humor of the duality of her life experiences. Those experiences play out directly in her abstract paintings.
Ruby’s work is held in private collections in the USA, Canada, Germany, France and the Island of Réunion. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and public exhibits in the greater Seattle area and in Ventura, CA. Her paintings are regularly shown at UPFront Gallery in Issaquah, Tsuga Fine Arts in Bothell, and ryan james fa, Artwork Subscription Program. Her wearable artwork textiles have been featured in Aspen Magazine and are available at boutiques in Santa Fe and Aspen and at UPFront Gallery in Issaquah. Ruby lives in Bellevue, WA. with her much-loved shiba inu, Riki.