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Catherine Ruane, an artist whose work observes the resilience of 'witness' trees and human beings.

Updated: Apr 3, 2021

'Elder', charcoal and graphite on cotton rag paper, 52 x 84 inches

The Witness Trees

This series of charcoal and graphite drawings are carefully rendered works drawn as if writing a story.

Witness trees live in a dedicated place and observe the chaos of human life. In some instances, the trees themselves get co-opted into the drama. We know that trees are living, communal creatures supporting life in their communities, yet they often bear the scars of human civilization. The persistence of these living trees is a

potent metaphor for not only survival but the ability to thrive.

'Trespassing', charcoal and graphite on cotton rag paper, 30 x 40 inches

Artist Biography

Catherine Ruane is an artist working in studios in both Los Angeles and San Diego, California. She grew up in a frontier town near the Salton Sea, in the Imperial Valley. After graduating with an MFA degree from the Otis Institute of Art, in Los Angeles, she moved to Florence Italy, for further studies in printmaking. Catherine has exhibited her work internationally including Villa Donato, Naples, Italy, Grafiska Sallskapet Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden, Palazzo della Provincia de Frosinone, Frosinone Italy and others.

Her work is included in corporate collections of Harley Davidson, Sony Corporation, Boeing Corporation, Turner Broadcast Network and Xerox. Reviews of Catherine's work appears in the Huffington Post, Artillery Magazine, Art and Cake, and Divisions L.A..

'Dance', charcoal and graphite on cotton rag paper, 52 inches diameter

'Desert River', charcoal and graphite on cotton rag paper, 22 x 60 inches

'Eucalyptus', charcoal and graphite on cotton rag paper, 22 x 30 inches

Catherine Ruane, working in her studio.

'Crossings', charcoal and graphite on cotton rag, 30 x 30 inches


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