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Meet Ruth LaGue

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruth LaGue.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I had a great love for art at an early age and always wanted to go to art school. I applied and was accepted to the Rhode Island School of Design to study graphic design; after graduation I began a career as a graphic designer. It was an exciting challenge to solve visual problems for clients, but I felt I needed more. I began meditating. I traveled to India and the longing to express my inner creativity grew.

Eventually, I found a studio space at the Gorse Mill Studios in Needham, MA and began painting in encaustics. At my first open studio, I struggled to exhibit eight tiny five-inch paintings. That was nine years ago, since then I’ve painted as much as my schedule will allow and now I work on acrylic paintings up to 48 inches and have exhibited throughout the United States.

Has it been a smooth road?
My struggles are three-fold. First, creating the work: finding inspiration, being open to the expression of the work, taking time to reflect and contemplate. Second, promoting my work: getting it in front of people, entering shows and marketing. Third, doing the work: I work full time as a web designer. My painting time is limited to evenings and weekends. In order to make this work, I have to be very disciplined.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My specialty is abstract landscapes that focus on a consistent horizontal line from which all things evolve. I’m known for using the palette knife, mixing colors on the surface of the paintings and using visual economy in my work, reducing the landscape to its barest form.

I’m most proud of being a prizewinner for a show in which the juror was the chief curator of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, as well as being selected to display my work online at William Sonoma Home.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I continue to not only expand my painting skills but also seek ways to share them. I am actively seeking students to teach my painting skills to especially around painting with palette knives.

I am working with interior designers to incorporate my landscapes into both home and office décor and have sold work recently on and Williams Sonoma online.

I’m part of a group show in Seattle in February at Gallery 110 and am working on a series for a group show in New York City (West Chelsea) in October.


  • 6″ x 6″ (framed acrylics) – $125
  • 8″ x 8″ (acrylics) – $250
  • 30″ x 30″ (acrylics) – $2,500
  • 36″ x 36″ (acrylics) – $3,500
  • 48″ x 48″ (acrylics) – $4,500

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