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Glimpses of Life: the brayer artwork of Joe Ruck

Joe Ruck is a painter and sculptor who lives and works in Rolling Meadows, IL. His bold paintings capture glimpses of life from the Chicagoland area. Using oil paints applied with a brayer (roller) he creates art using a tapestry of overlapping strokes. This unique impressionistic approach is eye- catching from a distance and intriguing up close.

He received his formal training from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and attended workshops at The Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago. Learn more at

From Ruck's website: "I'm grateful to be able to paint and sculpt and have always found satisfaction in both."

"I grew up in the Chicagoland area with a mother who wove beautiful wall hangings, a father who sculpted in metal and friends who encouraged art experimentation. Enjoyment for me comes from exploring many different mediums and subject matter. Currently I am painting with a brayer (roller) and am amazed with the versatility of this tool. From broad blocks of color to rhythmic sweeping lines the brayer allows for a wonderful spontaneity."

"My friends and family are very supportive of the arts especially my wife Kathy who always lends a helping hand at the art shows."