Happy President’s Day!

 I am happy to continue with my latest Artist Spotlight Series featuring a talented abstract artist.

Enjoy these colorful works and getting to know

Ruth Gilmore Langs

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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 What is your training? 

I began painting in nursery school. I was taught oil painting at my public high school. I minored in painting at American University in Washington DC, while studying film production.

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I then, studied painting privately, in California, for 8 years with my mentor and teacher Kwok Wai Lau, from China.  This is were I blossomed. 

What inspires you and your designs?

I am inspired by the abstract expressionist painters, especially Joan Michell and Richard Diebenkorn and Willem Dekooning. 

My inspiration comes out of my own inner world.  How I filter my experiences and how I feel about my surroundings help to create my paintings.  When you are a abstract painter you cannot hide from your paintings. The painting will always reveal the truth about you.  It is a very mystical and mysterious relationship. Inner beauty will create outer beauty. Inner turmoil will show itself in some way. It is a living medium if you are in touch with this vibration.

 What is your favorite piece? 

I love them all equally, like my children. However, I continue to aspire to new levels and when I achieve a greater height that painting becomes my very favorite.  

Here are some:

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How has the your area influenced your work?

I paint in two studios. North in the summers and South in the winters.  My surroundings definitely influence my work because I experience the light as being very different.  In Michigan, the light is rich and dense, with a golden quality.  In Florida, the light has a high vibration that brings out light lavenders, light blues and whites.  Both environments are a joy and challenge to create in. 

What is your favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan?

Aventura

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I designed and painted the art work for this restaurant!!

What is your favorite cocktail?

Lemon Drop Martini

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Or a dry Italian Borolo 

How do you balance personal life and work?

I don’t, just have to go for it all.  

Dream trip?

Around the world for one year on a nice ship

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Dream commission?

Any large commission for a home, restaurant, corporate space or museum. Creating art that is  unique and special for one client is very fun. 

Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?

Dom Peringon 

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Who is your style icon?

Stella McCartney

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

Myself

 What is your most treasured possession?

My paints and brushes. 

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What are you reading?

Monet

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and Diebenkorn

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What are you listening to?

The wind. 

What are your favorite blogs / publications?

aRT nEWS

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Pieces from her portfolio on her website:

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