Biography

Isabel Rucker is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living on the Mendocino coast in Fort Bragg, California and works in painting, sculpture, and jewelry. She likes to use many disciplines to explore ideas of color abstraction, shape, and environment. Recent sculptures and paintings are inspired by the beautiful abstraction of light refraction throughout the natural world. She finds phenomena like refraction stunningly beautiful but transitory in a way that appeals to her love of abstraction. She also works figuratively and recently painted a large octopus mural in San Francisco, like most abstract artists she first looks at and studies the original forms and then follows visual tangents found there.

Isabel recently returned to the California coast from the Rocky Mountains and is absorbing the change from the mountain wilderness to the ocean environment. She grew up in America, young childhood was in New York and Virginia with two years in Germany and when she was 12 her family drove across the country to move to the Bay Area of California where she spent formative young adult years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at University of Oregon and returned to California for years in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. She met her husband in the Rocky Mountains and moved to Wyoming for 17 years. In Wyoming she developed her jewelry business and art portfolio and owned a retail gallery, made public commissioned sculptures, and exhibited paintings. Alongside the art making was constant wilderness exploration. In 2020 she and her husband moved to northern California where she now has her studio and jewelry business.

Some recent interesting exhibition and public art opportunities:

2021 sculptural installation “The Beauty of Refraction” at the Larry Spring Museum in Fort Bragg, Ca.

2020 began with participating in group show Wallpaper by Teton Art Lab in Jackson, Wy. The year ended with painting a new mural at the Box Shop in San Francisco. Throughout the pandemic she worked almost daily in her studio on jewelry, painting, and sculpture.

During 2019, she installed a solo show at St. John’s Hospital in Jackson, Wy. as part of the Art and Healing program. She also created her second public sculpture for Jackson Hole Public Arts’ ArtSpot in downtown Jackson, Wy. In the autumn of 2019, she built a temporary sculpture for JH Public Arts’ PARKing Day and exhibited sculptures at West Weird Gallery.

In 2018, she installed a solo exhibit of her paintings in the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wy.

Isabel was a resident artist at the Jentel Foundation in 2017 where she worked on paintings.

She owned an art gallery, Isabel Jewelry and Gallery, in Pinedale, Wy. from 2010-2016.

In 2009 she installed a 450 foot long comic scroll, Unfurling at SOMArts in San Francisco.

She received a BA Fine Arts from University of Oregon. She is continuing her education to become a Graduate Gemologist from Gemological Institute of America.

She works constantly in her jewelry studio as a silversmith and rock carving lapidary, you can see that work on www.isabeljewelry.com.

Contact for questions or CV:

e-mail: isabel@isabelrucker.com

phone: (307) 231-0515

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Unfurling, 450′ long graphic novel installed in SOMArts, San Francisco, group show, 2009.