|The Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 2007, John Ruthven|
|Autumn Woods, 1998, John Ruthven|
|Dusty--Golden Retriever, 1985, |
Cincinatti artist, John Ruthven (pronounced ROOT-ven) has often been called the "20th Century Audubon." The problem with tags like this is they never say who calls him that...perhaps even the artist himself. Whatever the case, it's an apt comparison. Ruthven's work is accurate, inspiring, technically adept, and beautifully rendered. It is fine art. But unlike some in his niche, it's not photographically real. Backgrounds, if present at all, are kept to a minimum, just as in Audubon's work. There's never a suspicion that he might have used photos. Ruthven spends as much time sketching in the field as painting in his studio. As a result, there is a clarity in his watercolor images seldom found in most other wildlife art. Some might call it the Ruthven style, but then again, we have to wonder who the "some" might be.
|Ruthven's 1960 Duck Stamp winner,|
|Choo-choo, 2000, John Ruthven. The painting has also|
been dubbed "Sow Great Thou Art."