Ford Ruthling

Ford Ruthling

SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 1997

A Santa Fe native, Ruthling was born in the original St. Vincent Hospital (now the site of the Drury Hotel) in 1933, and passed away in 2015 after a long and varied career in watercolor, tin, wood, clay, iron and paper. His oil paintings of Pueblo Indian pottery were featured on a series of U.S. postage stamps in 1977, and as he liked to say, “Some artists do one thing only, but I like to explore all the possibilities.”

He studied art at The University of New Mexico (under Randall Davey), later enlisted in the Air Force and in 1993 was named a Santa Fe Living Treasure. As he once told a reporter from The New Mexican: “If I can create something for myself — and it’s liked by the public and sells — great. An artist’s first responsibility is to themselves, but hopefully in expressing themselves they will connect to other minds.”

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