Joanne Beaule Ruggles’ narrative painting

is represented in the 2014 text


The Best of Acrylic Painting

published by

North Light Books

Nancy Reyner, Editor

In her artist’s statement Ruggles writes: “My paintings usually start from fields of abstraction - visual chaos. The canvas field is playfully filled with drips and splashes, organized patterns and wildly expressive marks until I begin to have an interest in the “abstract expressionist stew” that I have started cooking. At that point I consider what figures might already live on the canvas, and I take my cues from it. After years of studying the figure, I have found that body language becomes a solid tool to create narratives. Inevitably, what my charcoal stick unearths within the abstract acrylic painting pertains to the topic already on my mind.”


Hanging By A Thread: Mother Earth in Peril

Paintings and drawings  by Joanne Beaule Ruggles

March 27 - April 27, 2014 at The Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Opening Reception on Friday April 4,

6 - 9 PM during ART AFTER DARK