The Art of Joanne Beaule Ruggles


According to this dedicated figure artist, the study of the human form is spiritual experience - an act of trust between model and artist - a collaboration where the model disrobes so the artist may know. What the artist learns is not simply the anatomical structure of that specific human body, but more important - what it is to be human. As we draw and paint the human form, we gain permission to stare and acquire an intimacy not granted to outsiders. Our eyes become empathetic, we cannot help but ache with those raised arms, we tense up with that quivering heel, we tire under that lifted weight, and we read those characteristic gestures understanding their full meaning. By such a lifetime of study, Ruggles knows with the greatest of intensity what it is to be human and possesses the ability to share the human story through her artworks.