While currently residing in San Diego, Ruth has had a close relationship with art since picking up a brush and canvas while a child in small-town Wisconsin. One of her favorite childhood memories was when her father took her to the only local art store (Sherwin Williams) and simply said “pick something out”. The dilemma of choice has stuck with her all these days and is perhaps the reason why her art takes inspiration from such a variety of styles and techniques. Since then, Ruth has explored the worlds of jewelry, collage, mosaics, graphic design… But on that day with her father, she walked out the store as an animated child with her first set of paints and a blank canvas.
Creating has been the only constant in Ruth’s life and an important form of self-expression. While her bachelors degree is in Vocational Rehabilitation, it was the various art classes that inspired her. She experimented with drawing, design, art metals and weaving. Her art took inspiration from her love of dancing, hiking, backpacking, and nature, imbuing her work with movement, life and a palate as varied as an expansive field of wildflowers gracing the horizon. Ruth is constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques striving to embody in her work the beauty and excitement of the world she sees around and within herself.
While a mother to three kids in Madison, Wisconsin, Ruth crafted jewelry, as well as a line of art kits that were purchased all over the US. When she opened her own gallery and art supply store, focusing on home decor, she developed a series of classes on mosaics, glass painting, handmade lampshades and other projects for the home. Shortly thereafter, she enrolled as a part-time student, studying Graphic Design & Illustration. Going back to college was an opportunity for her to continue her education as an artist. Ruth has always found inspiration in the art of others and has never found a limit to what she can learn from their experience.
Since moving to San Diego, California in 2010, Ruth revisited many of the mediums she used in the past, eventually discovering a new love and passion for abstract painting. Combining her years of experience as an artist of many mediums with an abstract style and a large swath of paints and materials, she has been experimenting with layers of contrast. Creating images that dance and play in the viewers imagination, her abstract paintings have been described as anything from tranquil and relaxing to thrilling and startling. She embraces her brush as her dance partner, and, with them, swings across the canvas in a chorus of control and spontaneity. While Ruth paints with a goal, she is always excited to stumble into new territory as the materials she experiments with lead her in unexpected directions.
Since Ruth works with many layers of various mediums, she find acrylics often suit my needs best. Their fast-drying properties lends itself to adding washes and glazes which reveal the layers below. Her paintings include textured mediums, chalk pastels, miscellaneous papers, graphite, charcoal and metal leafing. All of these elements give her work depth and complexity.
Ruth uses a number of different tools to achieve the finished product. She favors her various brushes and palette knives but also has a tendency of discovering new tools around her home. She finishes each piece by painting the edges of the canvas and adding a clear satin UV protective finish.
Ruth’s work can be found throughout the country in private collections and commercial enterprises.
Ruth hopes her art will lead you on a journey to unexplored horizons to discover a rush of rich colors and sublime textures or an ocean of smooth gradients and endless layers.
Adelman Fine Art represents Ruth Fromstein in San Diego California.
Q & A Interview
AFA: If you could be any animal in the world, which animal would you choose?
RF: Mountain goat. Mountain goats live in high altitude and always have a beautiful view of the landscape. I have always wanted to be a skilled rock climber, and I am NOT!
AFA: What was your favorite game to play as a child?
RF: Kick the can. Am I dating myself? The entire neighborhood would play once it started to get dark, and there were a lot of us!
AFA: What fictional world or place would you like to visit?
RF: I want to hang out on the set of “Friends”. They seem to have such fun together.
AFA: If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or into the future?
RF: I would go back to college and major in Fine Art, rather than Vocational Rehabilitation.
AFA: If you could be a season, which would you be and why?
RF: Spring. It is such a fresh time of year with flowers blooming, birds singing, green hills…beautiful colors!
AFA: What was the subject matter and style of the very first painting you sold?
RF: It was an abstract cityscape and I really had a difficult time letting it go, but my wise son told me to “sell it, you will have another favorite.” So true.
AFA: What are you presently inspired by – are there particular things you are reading, listening to or looking at to influence your work?
RF: Nature is most prominent as an influencing factor in what I paint. I am attracted to color, texture and movement, which are all integral in nature. I never suffer from a lack of inspiration or ideas as art surrounds me. I frequently have so many concepts floating around in my brain, that I don’t know what to paint first. That is why my portfolio is so diverse.
AFA: Of all of your series, which is your favorite?
RF: Whatever series I am currently working on, is my new favorite.
AFA: Do you listen to music while painting?
RF: Yes. I frequently switch it up, but I often listen to Folk and Indie.
AFA: How does your personal history work its way into your work? How are YOU reflected in your current work?
RF: Art has always been a part of my life, however, the medium has evolved. I find that my previous work with textiles, art metals, mosaics and other mediums have influenced the way in which I approach painting.
“I love it when my work takes the viewer on a personal journey of meaning and discovery. My contemporary abstract paintings, filled with color and light, allow collectors to be transported into a world of beauty and intrigue.”
“I perceive myself as a creative scientist, experimenting with color, tools and techniques, finding personal meaning and discoveries in the process. My mixed media approach to abstract acrylic painting reflects my playful approach to life.” ~Ruth FromsteinVisit Artist's Page