Embracing the goal to enhance and support the rich artistic talent on Long Island, LIM has created a special membership opportunity for visual artists, LIMarts: a collaborative arts group.  Designed for artists dedicated to creating a new forum within our cultural community, LIMarts offers space for the exhibition and sale of artwork, varied programming events, lectures and opportunities for social gathering with other artists and the public.  For information about becoming an LIMarts members, e-mail Alexandria D’Auria.

Artist of the Month:  Irene Ruddock

My love of beauty, color, and light inspires me to express my art through oil, pastel, or watercolor paintings. Through these means of creative expression, I attempt to evoke feelings of peaceful tranquility, always seeking to capture an essence of translucent light and serenity in my paintings. The name Irene means “peace” so it seems fitting that I attempt to impart my love for the beauty of nature by suggesting a deep quietude, an oasis for the mind, a place to take a breath.

I only paint what I love! Long Island scenes are a favorite such as the ocean in the Hamptons or the farms and vineyards of the North Fork. Having lived in Manhattan for many years, I never tire of painting city cafes, and, of course, Central Park. Other favorite places to paint are Santa Fe, Cape May, and Italy!

Each day I see something that inspires me to paint, for I have learned from my many teachers to develop an “artist’s eye”. I try to capture that magical moment, to savor it, to delight in it, to be ever thankful for it, and then to paint it! If this painting brings happiness to someone, then I feel truly blessed!

I invite you to my online studio at ireneruddock.com.

See Irene’s work on display in the Long Island Museum Visitors Center through the month of December.