Isabel Rucker is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living on the Mendocino coast in Fort Bragg, California and mainly works in painting, sculpture, and jewelry. She likes to use all of these disciplines to explore ideas of color abstraction, shape, and environment. She is deeply tied to the natural world and also finds inspiration from experiencing new places and people. She lived in Wyoming’s Rocky Mountains for 17 years where she was able to explore deep wilderness and create artwork. She recently returned to the California coast and is absorbing the change from mountains to ocean environment.
Recent years have brought a lot of interesting exhibition and public art opportunities:
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.
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