100 Creatives

66: Catherine Ruane

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 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."

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.

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.

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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