Tamara Ruiz

Llama + Lillies

Llama + Lillies
Mixed Media on Panel, 14 x 11, $800

On Target

On Target
Mixed Media on Panel, 36 x 24, $3200

Rider Up

Rider Up
Mixed Media on Panel, 36 x 24, $3200

Best Friends

  Best Friends
Mixed Media on Panel, 24 x 24

Dairy Magic

  Dairy Magic
Mixed Media on Panel, 14 x 11

In Flight

  In Flight
Mixed Media on Panel, 24 x 24

Lime Green Goat

  Lime Green Goat
Mixed Media on Panel, 14 x 11

Ferris Wheel

  Ferris Wheel
Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 36

Fly Free

  Fly Free
Mixed Media on Panel, 36 x 24

Ferris Wheel III

  Ferris Wheel III
Mixed Media on Panel, 30 x 30

Ferris Wheel

  Ferris Wheel
Mixed Media on Canvas, 44 x 44

Big Top

  Big Top
Mixed Media on Panel, 36 x 24

Wings

  Wings
Mixed Media on Panel, 30 x 30

Pig + Peonies

  Pig + Peonies
Mixed Media on Panel, 14 x 11

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Artist Statement

I love to combine vintage ephemera and photos with the modern aspects of paint, surface design and even imagery of the graffiti on trains that pass by our farm. I’m able to write my own story, or interpretation, of the vintage photo with the composition and design choices I make. I layer paper and paint; distress with sandpaper; and allow the layers of the collage process to show. I have a collection of photos from estate sales, yard sales, auctions and abandoned family photo albums that comprise the archive of my vintage images. Many of the photos I use show people having a good time – or expressing a sense of humor. I like that. I want people to smile when they look at my work. I want them to feel a connection with – or a curiosity about – the person in the photo. The expressions and nostalgic details of the photographed subjects, when enlarged to 3 or 4 feet, make a big impact on the viewer. It saddens me that in 50 years there aren’t going to be boxes of vintage photos and handwritten letters at estate sales for someone to buy. Photos are kept on phones and computers today, and emails have replaced handwritten letters. Until then, I’ll keep adding photos to my collection and making collages to give a story and second life to these vintage images.