66: Catherine Ruane

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives

Catherine Ruane
Catherine Ruane is a visual artist and member of Five15 Arts in downtown Phoenix. She says her process is slow and methodical and that her work is currently focused on fragile and threatened waterways flowing across the valley floor, with emphasis on the Gila River.

"I spend as much time hiking as I do at the drawing board," she says. "Both daily efforts are required to develop my detailed images. Intuitive considerations become the guide to compositional decisions. I have only a vague notion of how each drawing will develop. There is an accepted risk associated with each drawing and the potential of rejected work being sanded off so I can start anew. use 400-pound cotton paper that is heavy enough to endure continuous power sanding."

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Catherine Ruane
I came to Phoenix . . . with my husband, Michael, my two sons, Devin and Erin Patrick, six orphaned cats, one dog and a pile of artist-charcoal.

I make art because . . . it is the only way I know how to be alive.

Catherine Ruane
I'm most productive . . . when the studio door is closed.

My inspiration wall is full . . . of collected pinecones, acorns, leaves, and rocks.

I've learned the most . . . from hiking.

Good work should . . . always come from the gut, not over analyzed.

The Phoenix creative scene could use . . . more art galleries and interested collectors.

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Catherine Ruane
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom

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