Listing Category: Artists
Ilene Rubin has been involved in art in some capacity, and most of the time in many capacities, since she was a young child. She won her first drawing award at the age of 9. She has painted murals, boots, purses, a line of women’s and children’s clothing, furniture, walls and even a radiator and closet doors with motifs that range from folk art designs to landscapes. Basically, anything that can be painted is in serious consideration for painting. She is still painting ‘stuff’ but spends most of her time now painting the landscape.
For Ms. Rubin, it’s a mesmerizing vista that captures her imagination, the dance of shadow and the bold and unabashed explosion of autumn color that makes her canvases sing. Capturing a landscape is for Ms. Rubin, a permanent record of a beauty that is quickly shrinking due to development and environmental decay. A moment in time preserved, even if the painting itself is an interpretation, will have her running for her brushes or pastels. Her deepest inspiration comes from an urgent desire to capture what is all too quickly vanishing from our scenery and has become somewhat of a quest.
She graduated Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences; Retail Management, a Textile Design Minor, and attended UCLA Writer’s Extension Program in Los Angeles, CA.
Ms. Rubin is a national artist who has been shown in exhibitions and shows in Boulder, Colorado as well as in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Lambertville and Stockton, New Jersey, Rosemont New Jersey, and Woodstock, Illinois.
You can follow her events here, at her website, www.IleneRubin.com or on her blog at www.IleneRubin.com/blog.
She has also written four novels: All are murder mysteries and/or psychological dramas: As The River Flows, which is set in New Hope, Pa, and, Reason To Kill. Both are published and available for purchase at Amazon.com or CreateSpace.com. Thicker Than Blood, and A Thousand Deaths are in the editing stage. Look for them soon. Ms. Rubin has also written a screenplay and 3 stories for children. She was a guest columnist for The Thousand Oaks Star with a column titled, Neighbors Next Door.
She grew up in Elkins Park, PA, and lived in Thousand Oaks, California, Boulder, Colorado and now resides in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA.
When not painting Ms. Rubin likes to spend time with her family in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She can be reached at Ilene@IleneRubin.com.
“It’s a moment in time that I’m compelled to take hold of, a split second along the road or by a field, when I see something that captures the timeless dignity of this place that is so pastoral and serene, and, simultaneously vibrant and growing- and that might disappear through development all too soon. With still life, there is a simple yet defined energy that reveals how we view the things surrounding us, and that challenges me to give them dimension and charm. Through my painting journey, I'm discovering that once I stopped painting what I saw, I was then able to start painting what I felt. This gives my paintings an energy previously only sought but not achieved. These are the moments I want to paint. This is why I paint; because I breathe.”