Originally 18x24in graphite and oil paint on paper. Part of my Respite series completed Fall 2018. Corresponds to the song "Coupe deVille" by Shakey Graves. Inspired by King Arthur: Legend of the Sword directed by Guy Ritchie, 2017. The raw form of the gemstone pyrite can be seen in the painting behind the figure's head. His coat is a scene a at a state park I’ve visited since I was little as a way to acknowledge one’s roots or foundation. The Excalibur sword is from the movie, and for me it’s representative of recognizing your own power and abilities and to know that you don’t have to shy away from success or greatness because of self-doubt. The lioness is one of my symbols as an inner voice yelling at you when you let self-doubt fester to stop, get up, and do what you’re meant to do.
Erin Ruffino holds a BFA degree specializing in Drawing & Painting. She currently is a freelance fine artist and muralist.
Thematically, her work explores developing identity through figurative surrealism. Often 'finished' or fully rendered images blend with 'unfinished' line drawings, embodying the idea of developing identity as an indefinite, imperfect process.
Reading psychology texts and listening to experts speak on podcasts inspires her to create work which mediates our frantic inner critics by raising questions of self-improvement.
The work is created in various traditional media including oil paints, graphite pencil, charcoal, and marker.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.