Robbie Ruhaak

Painting is my key to the secret “crack in the universe” where creativity lives and flows. I use my hands to create pieces that silence the mind and open the senses. Art has to be accessible to everyone, and I strive to make that a reality.

From the beginning, the process of transforming sheets of metal into works of art has struck me as magical. My father was a farmer and a mechanic - so I was fascinated with metals and hardware. I am an avid hiker which is where I draw my inspiration. There is no place like the mountains and no greater beauty than the forests. I have also been strongly influenced by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright once said about one of his home designs - I want you to live with it and not just look at it. And, over the years, combining my environment and influences with the magical process of painting, it has led me home, and led me from hobby to profession. Painting fills me with a sense of accomplishment and peace, and has proven a most playful vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality.

I paint with visions of nature, colors and textures to tell a sensory story. While I work deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques, my hands are the project manager. I believe we all still want and need to play. My work provides a safe architectural structure surrounding a playground of chaos that when experienced with eyes and hands, brings the child out in all of us.