David Ruhe

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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 spent 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 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 in Key West, The Meghan Candler Gallery on Orchid Island, also at H. Allen Holmes Studio Gallery in Hobe Sound. I have also shown at the Elizabeth Eisenhauer Galleries on Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island. I have won the esteemed Hemingway Award for Fine Art, two consecutive years on Sanibel Island, Florida. 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.”

I will succeed in my goal, if my paintings entice all art lovers to come away with me…

Gallery Representations

Sanibel Art & Frame  Sanibel, Florida 2013-Present
Gingerbread Square Gallery Key West Florida 2013-Present
H. Allen Holmes  Hobe Sound, Florida  2012--Present
Gallery Morada  Islamorada, Florida   2011-2013
Meghan Candler Gallery  Vero  Beach, Florida  2009-Present
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


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 With John Grey Painting
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  February 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.

 Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Times of the Islands