A look back to 1985 , starting from the most recent works finished just today, January 1, 2018.

2017 was the most amazing year for me as an artist. The West of Lincoln Project was exhibited in Venice and the whole event changed my life for the better. I look forward to 2018 as I will be painting a series for the Belonging project here in Nevada County, CA.

Happy New Year, with all my love,



Identity 2018

“How do you identify ethnically?” I recently had my DNA tested from which only one nationality showed up on the test out of a long list of nationalities I was raised to believe  I was made up of. I grew up in a neighborhood that was equally black and latino, as far as I was concerned I was more black and latino than what my test results showed.

Faceted 12 x 9 acrylic on canvas by Ruth Chase 2018 about identity pink black figure women
Faceted, 12 x 9″ acrylic on canvas
How Do You Identify, 12 x 9 acrylic on canvas by Ruth Chase, identity, pink, hand, black figure
How Do You Identify, 12 x 9″, acrylic on canvas, Boudreaux Collection
Innocence Before Branding, by Ruth Chase 9 x 12 acrylic on canvas, identity, pink, 2018
Innocence Before Branding, 12 x 9″ acrylic on canvas, Snelgrove Collection
SHE, by Ruth Chase 12 x 16 acrylic on canvas, identity, pink, 2018
SHE, 12 x 16″ acrylic on canvas

West of Lincoln Project 2017

Documents the history of Venice through the life stories of people who grew up in Venice, California, as told through large-scale paintings, video, the Venice Tribute Wall, written biogrophies and audio interviews.

West of Lincoln, 2017, acrylic on canvas
Second Chance by Ruth Chase LARGE FILE
Second Chance, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″
Never Forget Where You Came From, Always Remember Where You’re Going, acrylic on canvas, 48 × 48″
Place Of Strength, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36″


Artist as Mother Series 2015

An introspection of motherhood, the struggles I have being my daughter’s teacher, when really she is my teacher, and finding humor in the painful growth stages we both encounter.  Drawn intuitively, scribbling lines until I can feel an image out of a mess that speaks to me, allowing an element of surprise by what my unconscious is delivering in form.

Mommy Play Date by Ruth Chase
Play-date, 2015, charcoal and pencil on paper
Art about mother and daughter, art with a concept, charcoal line drawing
Daughter Birthing Mother, 2015, charcoal on paper
Charcoal on Paper
Alone, 2015, charcoal on paper
one eyed charcoal drawing, art, charcoal on paper, california artist, surreal
Cycle, 2015, charcoal on paper
Playing With Shapes by Ruth Chase Charcoal on Paper 14x17inches 2015
2015, charcoal on paper

Becoming a Better Sinner Series 2014

About the structures we put in place to try to make us feel right or belong that result in a residue of guilt from self-betrayal. Here I’m playing with the meaning of the word, a word with so much charge and button-pushing in our world. I find that what others may call a sin isn’t really what I would call a sin.

Acrylic on Paper, Surreal Painting, Art, Eye Art, Figurative Art, Emerging Artist, California Artist, Charcoal Drawing, Contemporary Charcoal Drawing, Unique Drawing
In The Eyes of the Beholder, 2014, paint and charcoal on Paper

Oil Paintings 

From my studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and the years that followed.


Details of Piece, 1989, 4 x6′, Oil on Canvas
Cora by Ruth Chase
2003, 3 x 4′, Oil on Canvas, Boudreaux Collection
Oil on canvas portrait, art about spirituality
3 x 4′, 2004, Oil on Canvas, Robenalt Collection
1991, 4 x 6′, Oil on Canvas, Ocampo Collection
No Utopia Here, 1989, 4 x 6′, Oil on Canvas
Visiting With Edna, Instant Coffee and Charcoal on paper

About the Author Ruth Chase

My work documents the human spirit and the powerful insights that allow people to find a sense of belonging within their community. The public plays a vital role in the outcome of my work, taking a journey with me that can last up to two years. I produce multi-media installations that include paintings, audio, social media, slideshows, video, and social engagement. Self-aware subjects with strong belief systems fascinate me and draw me in.

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