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Art & Life with Ruth Fromstein

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

Ruth, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
While currently residing in San Diego, I’ve had a close relationship with art since picking up a brush and canvas while a child in small-town Wisconsin. One of my favorite childhood memories was when my father took me to the only local art store (Sherwin Williams) and simply said: “pick something out.” The dilemma of choice has stuck with me all these days and is perhaps the reason why my art takes inspiration from such a variety of styles and techniques. Since then, I’ve explored the worlds of jewelry, collage, mosaics, graphic design… But on that day with my father, I walked out the store an animated child with my first set of paints and a blank canvas.

Creating has been the only constant in my life and an important form of self-expression. While my bachelor’s degree was in Vocational Rehabilitation, it was the various art classes that inspired me. I experimented with drawing, design, art metals and weaving. My art took inspiration from my love of dancing, hiking, backpacking, and nature, imbuing my work with movement, life and a palate as varied as an expansive field of wildflowers gracing the horizon. I am constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques striving to embody in my work the beauty and excitement of the world I see around and inside me.

While a mother to three kids in Madison, Wisconsin, I crafted jewelry, as well as a line of art kits that were purchased all over the US. When I opened my own gallery and art supply store, focusing on home decor, I developed a series of classes on mosaics, glass painting, handmade lampshades, and other projects for the home. Shortly thereafter, I enrolled as a part-time student, studying Graphic Design & Illustration. Going back to college was an opportunity for me to continue my education as an artist. I’ve always found inspiration in the art of others and have never found a limit to what I can learn from their experience.

Since moving to San Diego, California in 2010, I revisited many of the mediums I’ve used in the past, eventually discovering new love and passion for abstract painting. Combining my years of experience as an artist of many mediums with an abstract style and a large swath of paints and materials, I’ve been experimenting with layers of contrast. Creating images that dance and play in the viewer’s imagination, my abstract paintings have been described as anything from tranquil and relaxing to thrilling and startling. I embrace my brush as my dance partner, and, with them, swing across the canvas in a chorus of control and spontaneity. While I paint with a goal, I’m always excited to stumble into new territory as the materials I experiment with lead me in unexpected directions.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I like to paint! I am continuously experimenting, discovering how to use existing materials in new ways. I am constantly inspired by the world around me, exploring new subjects and palettes. As a result, my body of work is very diverse. I am attracted to the abstract process, exploring color, texture, and form in all that I paint. My subjects include landscapes, figures, florals/nature, and intuitive abstracts and are continually evolving.

I hope my 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.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
Working as a “creative” is challenging as it is a very difficult way to make a living, and this is my full-time gig! I estimate about half of my time is spent creating art, and the other half (if not more) is spent taking care of marketing, bookkeeping, networking, working shows, etc. A big question? Where can I afford to live so that I may continue to create and do what I love? The practicality of making a living and being a practicing and authentic artist is daunting.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work is currently available locally in two retail outlets,

Cody’s Home + Gift in Hillcrest, and Bench Home in Kensington. Additionally, I will be showing at three local ArtWalks (Little Italy, Liberty Station, Carlsbad), as well as numerous shows in Palm Springs, Northern CA, AZ and other states. For a complete listing visit the “Events” page on my website (

Designers/retailers can purchase my work through Left Bank Art.

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Image Credit:
Adam Elmakias

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