Kimberly Ruggiero

Kimberly Ruggiero

Creating art has been a passion since I took my first class at the Lyme Academy in 1999 and began a journey of tapping into a field of creativity that was transcending.  The first decade was spent learning the classical methods of drawing and painting, however, I eventually realized the importance of shifting away from left-brain thinking to a more intuitive, spontaneous approach to each canvas in order to grow in my work.

My favorite thing about creating art is the experience of deep connection I feel when painting a landscape or figurative subject. Like meditation, I am able to achieve a state of flow, where action and awareness merge and I literally resonate with my subject.

As a student of meditation and consciousness, I understand the importance of engaging all my senses in the painting process. I still use the same tools I began with, a limited palette, and either oil or acrylic paint, but I now bring a capacity to not just render a subject as technically accurate but to also see beyond what is visible and create a more felt experience.

I generally paint on small canvas or panel from life, working out the composition and local color. These panels are used to develop larger paintings in the studio. I also use photo references to help with figures and other moving characters to gain better accuracy in my landscapes.

My favorite painting locations are the rocky shores of Maine and Monhegan Island. I also enjoy the shoreline towns of Connecticut and discovering unexpected narratives. My goal is to invite the viewer of the painting to experience the level of depth and heart connection that I have when creating it.

 

Education

1999-2005         Drawing and Painting, Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, Old Lyme, CT

1981-1985          BS Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

 

Awards

2009                 Emerald Aisle Award, Madison Art Society 34th Juried Exhibition 

2005                 Physicians Award, Madison Art Society 30th Juried Exhibition

 

Exhibitions

2015                 Summer Along the Shore, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT   

2015                 School House Deli Exhibit, Madison, CT

2014                 Summer Along the Shore, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT

2014                 Sound Homes Exhibition, Guilford, CT

2013                 Summer Along the Shore, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT

2012                 Annual Juried Exhibition, New Haven Paint and Clay Club, New Haven, CT

2011                 90th Annual Elected Artist Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT 

2011                 Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty:  Paintings of the Grassy Hill Preserve, Lyman Allyn Museum

2011                 Summer in CT, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT 

2010                 Deck The Walls, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

2010                 New England Landscape Invitational, Lyme Art Association

2010                 Summer in CT, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT

2010                 Exibit #2, Gallery on Main, Niantic, CT

2010                 Exhibition of Seven, Southport Gallery, Southport, CT

2010                 Madison Art Society 35th Juried Exhibition

2010                 Wet Paint for Lyme Disease Research Exhibition, University of New Haven

2009                 Deck the Walls, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme

2009                 Paintings in the Academy Tradition, Stony Creek Gallery

2009                 Invitational Plein Air Paint Out, Susan Powell Fine Art

2009                 Wet Paint Silent Auction, Stony Creek Gallery

2009                 Florence Griswold Museum Annual Invitational Fundraiser

2009                 Madison Art Society 34th Juried Exhibition

2009                 Juried Spring Exhibition, Lyme Art Association

2009                 17th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition, Lyme Art Association

2008                 32nd Annual Juried Alumni Exhibition, Lyme Academy College of Fine Art

2008                 All Paintings Great and Small, Cooley Gallery

2008                 Touring Connecticut, CT Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery

2008                 New England Landscapes, Ruggiero Gallery

2008                 Along the Shore – Plein Air Paintings, Susan Powell Fine Art

2008                 1st Juried Exhibition- A Sense of Place, Sylvan Gallery

2008                 Painting from Life:  Figure and Portrait Works, Ruggiero Gallery  

2007                 Traditions & Treasures:  Large and Small Works, Ruggiero Gallery

2007                 Teachers and Friends, Ruggiero Gallery

2005                 30th Juried Exhibition, Madison Art Society

 

Professional Associations

Elected Artist Member, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT

Madison Art Association, Madison, CT 

 

 

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