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Joanne Beaule Ruggles, Their Prayer for the Future
acrylic on canvas
36" x 48" x 2", 2001

Pleasantly skillful work simply does not interest me, not asking enough from the viewer or revealing enough of the creator. I prefer work that records an honest struggle - an intense or even awkward search. My goal is to communicate the human condition. Struggling to capture feel rather than look, to capture soul rather than surface - the work is to function as a mirror that pictures our own humanity.  I want that picture to be revealing

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