David Ruhe

As you know, Fine Art is more than just a painting hanging on the wall. There is a story behind every image, and behind that story, even a larger tale of the artist himself. I have always been consumed with a passion for art. Even though I have never had any formal training as an artist. I spend countless hours practicing and perfecting my craft. As any person who has pursued a life-long dream will tell you, the early days were not easy. I can now fondly recall the times I had no canvas and was forced to paint on the backs of album covers, or my monochromatic series that evolved because I could only afford three tubes of a paint. Eventually, my diligence and dedication began to pay off. Peacock and Lewis, a world renowned architectural firm purchased several of my paintings for corporate institutions including First National Bank of Palm Beach Gardens and the Sanctuary of Palm Beach. Today my paintings are on exhibit in several prestigious galleries though out Florida, Sanibel Art and Frame on Sanibel Island, The Gingerbread Square Gallery on Orchid Island, The Hughes Gallery on Boca Grande, also at H. Allen Holmes Studio Gallery in Hobe Sound. I have also shown at the Elizabeth Eisenhouer Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard and Black Island. I have won the esteemed Hemingway Award for Fine Art, tow consecutive years. My paintings have twice placed in the prominent Hilton Head National Juried Art Exhibition. I greatly appreciate every collector but among my most notable, movie producer, Jon Landau and his wife Julie, also the Governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple and his wife Elizabeth. My style has been described as realism with a magical touch. I paint a variety of subject matter. I love to capture wildlife in intimate, poetic moments usually unseen by human eyes. My landscapes are designed to transport the viewer to another world and invite them to explore the story of their surroundings. I also enjoy taking everyday objects and infuse my still life paintings, with what I call playful abandon.

Sanibel Art & Frame Sanibel, Florida 2013-
Gingerbread Square Gallery Key West Florida 2013
H. Allen Holmes Hobe Sound, Florida 2012-
Gallery Morada Islamorada, Florida 2011-2013
Meghan Candler Gallery Vero Beach, Florida 2009-
Renata Metelska Gallery Hobe Sound, Florida 2009-2011
Hughes Gallery Boca Grande, Florida 2009-2014
Patricia Cloutier Gallery Tequesta, Florida 2005-2010
Pinckney Simons Gallery Beaufort, South Carolina 2007-2008
Eisenhauer Gallery Block Island & Martha’s Vineyard, MA 2007-2008
Scalzo Gallery Saint Peterberg, Florida 2006-2007
Addison Gallery Bonita Springs, Florida 2004-2006
Sanibel Gallery Sanibel Island, Florida 2003-2004
Lighthouse Station Gallery Bethany Beach, Delaware 2001
Preston Tyler Gallery Saint George Island, Florida 2001
The Zoo Gallery Destin, Florida 2000
Stellar Gallery Jacksonville, Florida 2000
Macarthur Gallery Tampa, Florida 1999
Black Orchid Gallery Sanibel Island, Florida 1998
West Wind Gallery Sanibel Island, Florida 1998
Alliance of the Arts Fort Myers, Florida 1995
The Griffin Gallery Matlacha, Florida 1990-1992

Documentary “Seven Sanibel Artist”
Ocean Sotheby’s Solo Exhibition Islamorada January 2012-Febuary 2012
Hilton Head National Juried Art Exhibition 2003
Honorable Mention for “La Femme Belle”
Hilton Head National Juried Art Exhibition 2004
Honorable Mention for “Flotsam and Jetsam”
International Hemingway Festival of the Arts Sanibel Island, Florida
1999 Grand Prize for “Waiting”
International Hemingway Festival of the Arts Sanibel Island, Florida
1998 Grand Prize for “Summer Shower”

Public Collections

Seacoast National Bank Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
“Angel’s Gate”
The Sanctuary Palm Beach, Florida for Peacock & Lewis Architects
“Among the Angels”

Charitable Contributor

CROW Sanibel Island, Florida
ARTS FOR ACT Women’s Abuse Treatment Center Fort Myers, Florida
Red Cross, Martin County, Florida Show House
The Connections Project 2 Florida Keys Art Council
Morada Way Art District Islamorada, Florida
Island Dolphin Care Key Largo, Florida
Mariner’s Hospital Tavernier, Florida

The Islander 2014 “Sanibel Artist Noted for Whimsy is Gaining a Following”
Island Sun Feb.2014 “Artist’s Whimsical Work Captures The Imagination”
Gulf and Main 2004, “Twigs” Treviso Naples, Florida
Art Trends October 2000 “Ruhe, Personal Visions”
Island Reporter March 1999, “Ruhe Predicts Artistic Success”

Member of Big Arts Sanibel Island

Private Collections

Paintings are included in Private collections throughout Florida and throughout the United States, the Grand Cayman Islands and Paris, France.