Artist Spotlight Series: Ruth Gilmore Langs
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
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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.
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:
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?
I designed and painted the art work for this restaurant!!
What is your favorite cocktail?
Or a dry Italian Borolo
How do you balance personal life and work?
I don’t, just have to go for it all.
Around the world for one year on a nice ship.
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?
Who is your style icon?
Your favorite up and coming artist?
What is your most treasured possession?
My paints and brushes.
What are you reading?
What are you listening to?
What are your favorite blogs / publications?
Pieces from her portfolio on her website:
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