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Second Saturday Art Reception: Max Ruppeck
November 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Each month, join us for a free artist’s reception with our featured artist. The Paquette Gallery will be open from 5-7 pm with free hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer.
This month’s featured artist is Max Ruppeck.
From the Artist:
I painted my first watercolor in the early 1960s while studying architecture at the University of Illinois. In the days before computers, architecture students had to take five semesters of art, focusing mainly on drawing and watermedia.
I painted sporadically over the years and more intensively for the past fifteen. I prefer to paint plein air whenever I can but this is not always possible in urban settings. I may often start a painting on site, take a photograph when the lighting is best, and finish the work in my studio.
In addition to my landscapes and cityscapes, I enjoy figurative and portraiture painting. Most of my figurative works are quick studies ranging from 5 to 30 minute poses.
Landscapes take a bit longer and I usually paint them over an extended period of time to allow for paint applications to dry. I normally spend a total of 10-20 hours on landscapes; I like to paint quickly and decisively using as few brushstrokes as possible.
Photorealism is not my realm. While I enjoy and respect abstract/non-objective art, I have not ventured into this area; perhaps someday I may.
Among the internationally known artists I have studied with are Charles Reid, Alvaro Castagnet, and Mel Stabin. Colorado artists include Frank Francese, Jim Pederson, Raleigh Kinney, and Dennis Pendleton.
I have no deep philosophy or mission in my work other than the immense joy of creating art and the hope that others appreciate my efforts.