RUTHERFORD - Artist and Teacher
First birth 11 May 1931, California U.S.A.
My re-birth was when I discovered my purpose as an artist. It
was at the age of 11 when I commenced art classes with an eminent
watercolorist Mr Walline,(President of the American Watercolor
Society) and where I first fell in love with the smells and paraphernalia
of an artist's studio. There followed some years of sporadic and
isolated efforts that escaped being suffocated by school, social
demand, military service, marriage and a growing family as well
as involvement in my father's oil company. Around the age of 23
the ‘ art need' won out in a "road to Damascus"
manner and I began to study primarily with Austrian born, Karl
Seethaler, Director of Long Beach Academy of Art in California;
it was he who fostered much of my artistic growth. These years
of study were followed by my uncompromising decision to dedicate
all my energies to my purpose as an artist and as a result of
this decision I sold up my home and with my wife and four sons
fled to Mexico to lead the life of a vocational artist. From that
‘bridge-burning' time, I have never looked back though I
soon discovered that the most difficult yet rewarding thing in
life is do and be what one wants - to follow and develop ones
true nature and individuality. To live and create from within.
feel my non institutional, more individually orientated background
has been responsible for a bolder and more experimental creative
mode of expression, free of ‘isms', fads and the academia
of institutions. My expression finds form both in art and my
role as a lecturer and teacher of art. I have exhibited, lectured
and taught extensively in the U.S. , Mexico and Europe.
our Exhibition pages here
and first family in San Blas, Mexico
27 years I shall presently be leaving my home ( a historical olive
mill in the sierras in Andalucia, Spain.) where I have worked,
taught and directed my art school "Arts and Growth Center"
for 20 years as well as running my own art gallery. It's time
for another birth!
and present family