Ilene Rubin


I'm an artist who feels very strongly about the emotional and instinctive force which drives the creative process. I want to feel that a location or object absolutely has to be explored. That exploration with paint creates a reality of that place or still life and in doing so, makes it real. That sense that I must document it is urgent and required or I will not rest until I’ve said every bit of what I need to convey about it. It's organic and ever-evolving, but unless my painting can reveal the artist in the art and at the same time be an inner mirror for a viewer, it's merely a rendering of color and form - but not stirring. I strive to reveal what's below the paint, what a viewer may remark is an invitation to walk in and look around. Then I know I’ve captured a moment in time or given an object the opportunity to seem physically real. It may not be what is seen outside your window or on your table in perfect clarity, and maybe it’s really only felt or sensed, but if it made a viewer consider its innate beauty just for one minute, then I feel happy to have conveyed something of myself they did not realize until seeing my paintings. 

My greatest joy is when someone looks at my paintings all together in an arrangement on the wall, and then looks at me differently. That's a wonderful moment and I never tire of it. For me, that is the creative process, which is driven by an instinctive knowledge of what is compelling and what is merely ordinary. My job is to understand that capturing the ordinary can reveal the compelling.