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From the West of Lincoln Project, click here to view.


Attention Art Collectors

Dear Collectors & Fans,

I am excited to announce that the portrait paintings in the West of Lincoln Project are now available to collectors prior to the solo exhibition at SPARC in Venice, CA, 2017.

Every painting in the portrait series will include the written biography that accompanies it.

Fear Is A Liar” has sold, however prints will be available upon request for every piece in the series.

Prices start at $2000.00 for the original paintings, while art prints will range around $100.

Please let me know if I can furnish you with any additional images, a studio visit, or set up a payment plan.

Thank you for taking the time to preview 8 out of the 13 paintings in this historic series.


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Learn more about the West of Lincoln Project >

Submissions for West of Lincoln “Group Painting”


Have a time in your life immortalized by participating in this historic art project about Venice.

This will be a large painting with multipal images as the final piece in the West of Lincoln Project. If you have a photograph and story related to Venice that you would like to include as part of this project, please read on.


SUBMISSIONS  1 . 2 . 3 . 4

  1. First, use the contact form below to let me know your interested.
  2. Email me a high-resolution scan of your photo that is related to Venice at (RuthChaseFineArt@ymail.com).
  3. Sign a release for your audio story & image. PHOTO RELEASE
  4. Then, I will help you audio record your story about the picture.



Untitled group painting so far, more to go!


When this painting is displayed, there will be headphones to listen to every story related to the images that tell stories about Venice.



Fear Is A Liar

My notes from painting Fear is a Liar, a portrait featuring Brad James

venice beach artist, growing up in venice california, art about youth, v13 art

Brad was the first to be painted in the series. Brad and I met as little kids, crossing paths at the local church and the church summer camps. Later, I remember Brad being there when learning how to smoke pot at that church in a refrigerator box someplace out of sight on the property. I also knew who a few of his brothers were. Over the years, I wouldn’t see much of Brad until we worked together on this project.

In the painting Fear is a Liar, I had many visits from Brad’s deceased brother Kevin. I could feel a spirit saying it was Brad’s “good looking” brother, in a playful and humorous way. This energetic visitor had a feeling of remorse and was somber about how he had treated Brad when they were kids. He was clearly not feeling guilt; rather a sense of loss of missed opportunity at being a better brother for Brad. While painting, the spirit came several times to give his input on the work. The color red was important to Kevin’s idea about interpreting Brad’s life experience. Red was used to symbolize life, both lost and lived intensely. The wings are there upon Brad’s approval to represent how Kevin watches over 11896103_903421623068423_8844398160292715146_nBrad, as his guide. When it came time to paint Brad’s face, it seemed like the wolf was representative of his energy. Brad told me the wolf had always represented how he felt being a “James” boy. The wolf is wild. It runs in packs, it is a scavenger, and a survivor. Brad really wanted included was a “V” to show his home town allegiance to Venice. Just before finishing this painting, I was sitting down to sew. Thinking while sewing, I started to question the idea of Kevin’s spirit visiting me. “Was this just something my mind made up?” In that moment, my sewing machine surged. It took off. I checked the pedal and even flipped off the power, but the machine kept running. I had to unplug the machine to turn it off. With that I acknowledged Kevin as really having visited me. Thankfully, he hasn’t shown up again since finishing the painting. He had a lot of impact on the piece; however Brad was the main curator of the painting. Growing up in Venice was complicated. I committed to this series after painting Brad’s story because I realized it was important to share the wisdom that came from such a multilayered place.

written by Ruth Chase Boudreaux

edited by Gena Lasko

To see more about The West of Lincoln Project click here

Second Chance

Acrylic on canvas,  3×3′,  2016

West of Lincoln painting about Eddie Hadvina Venice local by Ruth Chase, venice artist, art about people, v13, venice skatepark

Eddie Hadvina Venice Skate and Surf copy

Born 1961, grew up on Grandview Blvd., Venice, CA.
When I was a young kid I had hopes and dreams of success. However, I did not follow the path as planned. At the age of 31 I discovered myself learning from my mistakes, and was given a second chance! It turned my regrets into passionate achievements. Hope is never too late!

– Eddie Hadvina








Preview Showing of THE WEST of LINCOLN series

ArtBlock Open Studios
Sunday, May 15th, 2016 from 1-6pm
Free to the public

Located at the studio of Francisco Letelier on Indiana Court at 6th Ave. in Venice, CA

West of Lincoln is a painting series that portrays individuals who grew up in an area within Venice, CA., reflecting the most divers population of the city. Each portrait has become a sort of love letter to Venice, paying tribute to a population of people who shaped the history of this community, while seeking to preserve their historic significance.



Eye to Eye Opening Reception



venice beach artist, growing up in venice california, art about youth, v13 art

Eye to Eye presents portrait work by local artists Ruth Chase, Dee Anne Dinelli, Claudia Jeffers, Giulia Sbernini, and Alicia Vandevorst that explores how we look, our vantage points. The pieces in this show develop that theme in several directions, addressing how to see the integrity of a life, retrospectively and in the moment, in the spheres of social justice, psychology, and philosophy. All five of these artists are especially excited by the sort of looking that helps each person to accept and welcome what is or has been, even what might seem unpleasant or disturbing at first glance. They are interested in what brings us ‘eye to eye’.

The Center for the Arts

314 W Main St, Grass Valley, California 95945

Art Reception Friday May 6th, 5:00-8:00.

Gallery Hours Tuesday-Sat, Noon-5:00.