local color :: colin ruel, the homecoming revisited
"Ruel’s rule: Keep it real. “I prefer to make mistakes that show some sense of who I am and how I feel about this place,” he said. “If I keep the paintings loose, then there’s feeling in them. It’s a constant battle between trying to achieve what I want to as far as how little detail can I put in this, or how much.” To hear him describe it, this looseness is necessary for transcribing atmosphere, a signature of his work. If it were music, it would be surround sound."
Libby Ellis interviewed Colin and his wife, the jewelry designer Nettie Kent, for Martha's Vineyard Magazine last fall. Read more in The Homecoming.
Colin Ruel's new work is currently on view at the Field Gallery in West Tisbury.