Ruth Kurisu, an accomplished pastel artist, began her artistic journey as a photographer in the late nineties. She studied under National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier and National Geographic Traveler Magazine Editor Dan Westergren. About a decade later, she realized her childhood dream and began to paint. After much experimentation, she found her niche in pastels. Ruth recreates the play of light, shadow and vibrant colors that she captures with her camera, while adding the rich texture and patterns that are sometimes lost in photography. Her dramatic landscapes are inspired by her annual treks to Lake Tahoe, road trips and European travels. Her vibrant florals depict a moment in time. Ruth does not confine herself to one subject area but prefers variety and the opportunity to experiment with new techniques. She exhibits in galleries throughout Orange County and recently had a solo exhibition in the John Wayne Airport, Community Focus Space program. Ruth has been invited back to JWA for a solo exhibition in December 2020.