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Meet Ruth Chase

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruth Chase.

Hi Ruth, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Venice, CA., is where my story starts. Venice during the 80s was a hot mess, and I was running amuck in the chaos, genuinely free from any conformity. I’m a Venice girl living in middle Tennessee, loving the freedoms here, just as I did when I was a child.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Smooth, definitely NOT. Being an artist is not about taking the easy road.
My biggest challenge has been maintaining my studio practice despite the challenges of the everyday world around me, which includes making a living when my work isn’t selling.
It has taken a rugged spirit to persist and continue.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a multimedia artist whose public art speaks to the value of people to their community—working with themes of belonging, visibility, and what it means to be a human. I create large intimate paintings on canvas, public art, and videos that challenge stereotypes. I have worked with hundreds of people in creating art that engages the public. I’m interested in presenting contrasting viewpoints and encouraging the viewer to draw their conclusions.
I graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and was awarded a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years; I screened my film at the Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. In addition, I am proud to have received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice, exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute.
I recently started a decorative series called Dwelling. A light hearted body of work that can be painted directly on interior walls or purchased in various shapes and sizes, offering collectors work at a lower price point and something for designers and decorators to work with.
What were you like growing up?
My childhood was wild. I was the last of five children running free on the beach in California.
I was a very curious, independent, and spirited child. Difficult to contain or discipline. My mom had her hands full with me. I was driven to be free to explore the world around me. I would say that I am a grown up version of that wild child.

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