My degree is in Art Education but I never really wanted to teach in a classroom setting. I abandoned my art for over 30 years to pursue a life in the US Army, LA police officer, and collegiate softball coach. I finally made my way back to art when I taught myself Photoshop and started my own graphic design business. Lucky for me, I sold that business after 11 years and now devote my time and energy to creating my own art.
Creating ART is the thing that keeps me grounded. I love vintage photographs and re-telling the stories of the subjects. The snapshots of a split second that capture their lives forever in that instant. The stone faced stares, the cautious smirks, or the joyful laughter that make up our daily existence and speak more about a person that most words could describe. My work is a fusion of vintage photography that has been digitally altered and combined with layers of other images, photos, and sometimes words. I re-create a new story about the characters; my own story, from my own experiences. I either use regular wood panels or plastered wood panels with layers of wax and images melted within. All designs/photographs used in Photoshop and additional elements added after or before image transfer. My art, along with myself, are works in progress!
THE JOURNAL PROJECT is my exhibit which was in Ann Arbor at the CultureVerse Gallery in a 3 person show called ROOT3. The entire collection of 30 pieces was shown next at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts - Feb. 2023 through May 2023. It involved educational programming and workshops pertaining to journaling/mixed media as art therapy. It will next be shown at The Center on Halsted in downtown Chicago with Opening Night August 4th and run through September 30th. There is a link attached on my webpage (above in the pages listing) that will directly take you into a virtual gallery This is an opportunity to not only view the artwork, but hear my voice reading the story about each piece. Or you can find the entire collection and read the written stories by clicking on the Journal Project heading at the top of this page. CURRENT GALLERIES: dkGALLERY Atlanta, Georgia
ANN ARBOR ART CENTER Ann Arbor, Michigan
EDNA Contemporary Gallery San Luis Obispo, California
Get In Touch.
I work out of my studio in the wonderful town of Douglas, Michigan. 303-596-1168 firstname.lastname@example.org FB: Ruth Crowe ARTist