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ArtSpotlight

ArtSpotlight Jr.

Grayson Ruhl
Artist

Grayson and his art instructor, Mary Urquhart,
at the opening of his exhibit.

Grayson Ruhl from Tallahassee, Florida, recently turned 11 and is a sixth grader at Raa Middle School. He took an interest in drawing at a very early age, and loved cartooning. He very much enjoyed his school art classes at Gilchrist Elementary with Julie McBride (where he was invited to assist a team of professional adult artists in painting a mural on an outside school wall). His first private instructor, at age 9, was Alison MacEchearn, an FSU art graduate (who has since moved to graduate school in Boston). She introduced Grayson to different drawing media and techniques.

 

Grayson is currently taking private lessons in watercolor and oil painting from Mary Urquhart, an artist in Tallahassee, FL. Since the Fall of 2005, under Mary's instruction, Grayson has progressed rapidly and is producing work in a variety of media, including oil pastel, ink & watercolor, watercolor, and oil. Mary described his style as "painting with a combination of fluid, brave abandonment and an appreciation for color and detail. He has easily grasped the concepts of landscape/still life perspective, composition and the use of light. Grayson works intently and quickly. He asks questions and absorbs information like a sponge. With every painting, he learns…and I am delighted to teach him."

 

Grayson's parents are J. B. Ruhl, a law professor at Florida State University, and Lisa LeMaster, a Leon County schools volunteer. He has one brother, Grant, who is a freshman at Lincoln High School, and a Boston Terrier named Parker, who is his constant companion. As important as art is to him, Grayson also pursues many other interests, including tennis, soccer, and piano. He competes annually in the National Piano Playing Auditions, and has attained the Intermediate-A Guild level with a Superior rating under the instruction of Lilla Turner. As all young artists and their parents would agree, the top priority is academics. Grayson maintained an A average in elementary school and has just entered the gifted program at Raa Middle School, where he is loving the independence and responsibility of having his own locker!

 

Grayson has sold a painting by commission (Little Sis) and another through an auction at his elementary school. His work may be seen at http://homepage.mac.com/jbruhl/PhotoAlbum1.html. The site provides a link to send Grayson a message-he'd love to hear from you! Twenty-two of Grayson's pieces are currently on display at the Sunshine State Credit Union building in downtown Tallahassee. Other exhibitors include prominent members of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society. Grayson's exhibit runs through January 2007.

 

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Coneflower Garden


Dance of the Sunflowers


Sunday Morning Free Time


Grand Rocky River


Boat at Dawn


Pears of Purple


Coastal Canal


Wave Watching


Gathering of Grannies


Little Sis

 



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