Naturally responding to Vincent van Gogh’s statement, “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, ‘He feels deeply, he feels tenderly,’” Sally Ruddy’s Nature’s Heartbeat series viscerally communicates her love and respect for nature and humanity. With her eye turned to nature and her heart to love of the land, the California-based artist translates the juvenescence and glory of Mother Earth in her illuminated oil compositions.Ruddy states, “I have a quiet reverence for nature and all her mysteries. As a plein air painter catches the light in the subject, I look for the heartbeat.” Focusing on her personal narrative and emotional response to the environment, Ruddy effortlessly blends colors to contribute to a heavenly aesthetic ambiance. Dreamlike and otherworldly, her movingly sentimental scenarios visually transcribe the deep heart’s core of being at peace with nature. Her arresting visceral vision luminously radiates an idyllic, contemplative serenity where the presence of light and shadow reflect a divine visual poetry. Bridging the past and the future, Ruddy’s expressionist paintings are imbued with a spiritual harmony, as she freezes sensorial scenarios and embraces a permanent remembrance of an exquisite, special moment within the terrestrial realm.
Emblematizing the verdant fertility and chthonic beauty of the environment, Ruddy’s expansive panoramas revel in the natural beauty of the earth and translate it into a creative realm. Each leaf and branch symbolizes nature’s youthfulness when viewed through the lens of her dexterous brushstrokes, resulting in a reinvigoration of our inherent love for earth. Magically connecting to her environment, her paintings are rich dedications to the land, basking in the graceful energy that comes forth, reminding that nature is a source of sustenance and happiness, symbolizing the love for the world we all share.
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