Ruth Franklin isn't trying to make art that is trendy or pretty. Every day (including weekends & most holidays), she arrives at her studio before dawn with a singular goal: to make a good painting. She has the inexhaustible & highly self-disciplined work ethic of a soldier (her father was a D-day veteran!). She doesn't require any creature comforts beyond a thermos of coffee and a pack of cigarettes. When Franklin is at her easel, she enters a zenlike state and exhibits a monomaniacal determination. Her pictures, whether created with charcoal, pastels or paint, are always discernable & distinctive. In short, Ruth Franklin is the real deal.
Her current show at steve mckenzie's includes 20 new paintings & charcoal drawings.