WAS Artist of the Week…

Catherine Ruane: Painter/Visual Artist, Buckeye, Arizona

Catherine grew up in the Imperial Valley, a rich agricultural community in southern California filled with tomato fields and date-palm farms.  As a child she traveled with her grandparents along the western coast of California, Oregon and Washington State.  It was during this time of travel she learned to explore and record the unique vegetation that grew along the western coastline.

Catherine’s early diary consisted of drawings of weeds and twigs she discovered on daily adventures.  Bits of shells, rocks and weeds were all carefully drawn as a visual journal of her experiences.  There was nothing too insignificant not to include.  Even the tiniest of leaves would be rendered and notated.  The seemingly unimportant was indeed worth recording. Catherine’s work includes careful recordings of a day’s discoveries.  The attention to details in her drawings and paintings are there to reflect her careful observations of what she regards as saturated with wonder.

For more on Catherine’s work visit http://catherineruane.com


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