Artist of the moment……Edwin Ruda

Edwin Ruda is an American artist born in New York City in the year 1922. Ruda is an abstract painter and printmaker and occasionally a sculptor.

For his artistic and collegiate education, Ruda attended many institutions of learning. A bachelors degree from Cornell University. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York City. Ruda earned a masters degree from Columbia University. Ruda earned a MFA from the University of Illinois.

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Ruda is included in the Corcoran Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C.


Artist of the moment……James Siena

James Siena is an American artist associated with Abstract Expressionism. James Siena was born in the year 1957 in Oceanside, California. For his artistic education James Siena attended Cornell University located in Ithaca, New York. The artist works with gouache on paper or with enamel on aluminum in most works.

To get the organized abstraction appearance of his work Siena often works with a premeditated algorithm. An algorithm is used in mathematics and is a procedure used to develop calculations. The artist already has in mind his basic unit of measure before he starts, so the piece has  great sense of rhythm is far more organized than many other abstract painters.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 for prints and $50,000 for original works.

James Siena is a renown printmaker. Below we have a brief interview with the artist talking about working on a print series. The artist has created more than 100 print works over his lengthy career.

The artist has won awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

With the great James Kalm we visit a show featuring the work of James Siena. This is a great clip because when you get really close up to the paintings, as Mr. Kalm is able to, Siena’s work looks like an intricate maze!:

Siena is based out of New York City. After college he thought about attending graduate school, but found plenty of real life working professional artists that were able to mentor him. One of these artists was Chuck Close.

Has had his work shown at the Whitney Museum of Art.

Is the sole creator of his art, uses no assistants in his creative work.


Artist of the moment…..Kay Walkingstick…


The artist is a Native American member of the Cherokee Indian from Oklahoma and mother of Scott and Irish decent from Syracuse, New York.

A short clip showing the artist talking about her work Primavera or “springtime.”

The artist talking about her series featuring Chief Joseph that was done in the mid 1970.

The artist includes a variety of themes in her works from realism, to abstract expressionism, and conceptualism. The artist was born in 1935 in Syracuse, New York. The artist attended Beaver college in Pennsylvania finishing college in 1959.  She also attended the Pratt Institute.

Walkingstick was also a professor at the collegiate level teaching at Cornell University from 1988 until 2005.

The artist works with a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, gold and silver leaf, encaustic, and copper.

For her designs she enjoys using the diptych format. Its perfect for her as she is bi racial and enjoys seeing the human figure as a landscape. On many of these works the figure is seen as a silhouette next to a more traditionally painted landscape. Both sides of the artist are seen as different but able to exist together as well. The works are very large in size from sixty and seventy inches on a side.

The artist is part of several museum collections including the National Museum of Canada, the Israel Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the San Diego Museum of Art.

Online and land based gallery:  June Kelly Gallery in New York, New York.

The artist lives and works out of Ithaca, New York.

A link to the artist’s own website :

From her artistic statement we can learn she sees the landscapes as a stand in for her own body. She uses gold and silver leaf to further portray her emotions of the moment she is looking at the landscape. The artist traveled back and forth to Italy many times during the 1990s and 200s visiting Rome as well as the Vatican.

Walkingstick loves to paint mountains. On her native american side the mountains represent the gods. Mountains are given a great deal of respect and honor in the Native American culture.

The artist likes to play with different visual textures. Painting one side with acrylic and the other with oils. One side thick one side thin. One side a majority of gold leaf with very little paint, the other side just the opposite. If you see an artist that uses mixed media such as gold and silver leaf make sure and step back and move left to right. Notice how the picture seems to move with so many reflection of light. Other artists who use mixed media in harmony with gold and silver leaf are Brad Kunkle, Robert Kushner, and Fred Wessel.

For some art homework how about trying a diptych of your own. A picture with two panels.  For example paint one side in the winter and the other side the same area int a different season. Try to exaggerate the colors associated with that time of year.

Happy creating!