Kari Ganoung Ruiz
Being raised at the edge of the Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State set the stage for Kari’s deep connection to the natural landscape. She’s been a decorative painter, faux finisher, muralist, and owned a picture framing studio and boutique gallery with her husband. Based in Interlaken NY, the couple now travel the country painting and photographing their adventure. Whether having a stare down with a wolf in Yellowstone, rolling down the palm tree and sea grape lined A1A in Florida, or sleeping through a tornado in Missouri… it’s always an adventure!
Kari Ganoung Ruiz was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State, which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After receiving her BS in Fine Art Painting from Ashland University in Ohio, Kari and her husband Stereo Photographer Diego Ruiz opened a picture framing studio and Gallery featuring fine art. An encouraging response to her work prompted more space at the boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a much larger location. At this time, Kari began to focus on plein air work; feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. In 2014, the couple moved the gallery online in order to allow both of them to travel and move forward with their artistic careers.
Kari and Diego now travel the US capturing the landscape as they experience it. Whether having a stare down with a wolf in Yellowstone, rolling down the palm tree and sea grape lined A1A in Florida, or sleeping through a tornado in Missouri… it’s always an adventure! Recent awards include Best Architecture at Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air in Florida 2023, Best In Show at Shadows On The Teche in Louisiana 2023, Best In Show at Paint Grand Traverse in Michigan 2023, and Best Streetscape at Cape Ann Plein Air in Massachusetts 2023. Kari’s work is held in public and private collections across the United States and Canada, most recently added to the collections of the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado and The City of Gloucester in Massachusetts.
I have recently found myself intrigued by small bits of the greater scene; the corner of a building, an edge of marsh, a glimpse down a narrow path. I prefer to capture these moments en plein air – to represent the essence of that which made me stop and paint. My current body of work was created during several years of transition; trading in the commotion and energy of village life for the peace and solitude of the woods. I’m finding home in each painting; a quiet corner, solitary shadow, or sympathetic quality of light.