Ruth Kates

Portrait,Landscape, Drawing, StillLife

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Spring 2017 Exhibit Location #41

77 Heatherland Road
Newton Highlands

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"People, Places and Things"

Paintings and Drawings in OILS, PASTEL, MIXED MEDIA and CHARCOAL.
Creations with Collage and SCULPTURE also available at the Studio.
**Gicleés upon Request**

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I describe my work- portrait, landscape, still life, or mixed media as contemporary, impressionistic realism.

My work reflects my initial response to what I see and how I interpret it. I see the painting in my mind's eye before me.

Light, color, and design of space reflect my initial reaction to the piece. That is the visual statement I strive to transmit from artist to viewer.

As a child, my Saturdays were spent at MFA, drawing from a live model. My attraction in depicting people, all colors, shapes, and sizes, continue to intrigue me. My involvement with the portrait developed in the Margaret Fitzhugh Browne Studio, Boston as a novice painter. There, I worked, Saturdays from a model and the still life.

The stimulation of how to communicate that which was before me with my personal vision opened a new world of excitement and motivation for me

In the interim, my studies with Paul Rahilly, George Nick, Charles Movalli (Landscape) and Arthur Polonsky greatly influenced my development and philosophy, as well as paintings by Sorolla, Henri, Fairfield Porter, and Hopper.

I entered art school when my daughter was in high school and my son in college after much thoughtfulness, deliberation, and positive reinforcement from my husband. I received my graduate degree in 1978, and have been teaching ever since.

I feel that if the viewer has to intellectualize, analyze, and search for the meaning in order to understand what he or she sees, the painting has lost its impact, abstract or realistic. The work is the vehicle to creatively impart the thinking process of the artist.

Paul Gauguin said if I shut my eyes in order to see. A picture should enlighten the soul. To me, this is the heartbeat and the essence of painting.

Ruth Kates's work is represented in private collections in Connecticut, Florida, California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Paris.


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