"Art helps me realize the existence of lesser known things. I am forever researching and exploring the animal kingdom and the landscapes they thrive in and upon. This stage in my artwork delves back to my roots as a biology and natural science major in college. I am an observer who reinterprets what I see through painting."
Amy Ruppel was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, where she was left mostly to her own imagination, always dragging a stack of paper and a slew of pencils and crayons to her self-made fort in the woods among the deer, the glacial kettles and the Mammoth Ice Age Center. Colors and shapes derived by nature have always intrigued her, and to this day, she is still searching for that perfect oval, that perfect orange-yellow and grassy green.
Amy lives in beautiful green Portland, Oregon, where she works in her airy studio as a full-time artist illustrator and surface designer. She is a prolific illustrator, and has worked with the good folks at Seattle Children's Hospital, Uniqlo, Blik!, Clif Bar, Alladin, Ace Hotel--Portland, NIKE, Converse, Burton Snowboards, Gnu Snowboards, Target, Kid Robot, Logitech, Whole Foods, The Vermont Cheese Council, Mercy Corps, design*sponge, Modern-Twist, Friends of Trees, Travel Portland and many others. She was the 2007 US Artist for the Oilily Artisan Series (Netherlands) and was the featured artist/illustrator for the 2007 Holiday Season at Target. She supports other artists by regularly buying their work and she just completed a major, two year multi-floor project for the Seattle Children's Hospital which is being feted with a grand opening this week.
Wesley was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up exploring his parents' backyard with his twin brother Gavin. During this time, his deep fascination with the natural world began to flourish. After high school, Wesley pursued his interest in art at the California College of Art and at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He finished his Bachelor's of Science in Painting at Portland State University.
Influences include Natural History, fairy tales, gardens, zoos, and theme parks.
His artwork is included in many private and corporate collections, including the NINES Hotel, Randall Children's Hospital, The Mirabella residential complex on Portland's South Waterfront and Wieden & Kennedy advertising firm. His freelance work has ranged from animal exhibition fabrication, illustration, and garden design. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with two Crested Geckos. His new studio in NW Portland is a profusion of plants, taxidermy, objects, books, portfolios and anything else which attracts his interest and feeds his art.
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