Photo of Douglas Rutzen

Douglas Rutzen

Blandinsville, IL, United States

"Paintings that celebrate the beauty and glory of God's creative works - featuring images of woods, fields, lakes, mountains and skies of Illinois, northern Minnesota, upstate New York and the Colorado Front Range. Most of my work features the landscape seen through trees, or reflected in water, and illuminated in a way that hopes to suggest the biblical metaphor that Light is Life, and both light and life point to their Creator, Jesus Christ. In that way, I think of my paintings as hymns of praise and thanksgiving. Light reflected and refracted in the landscape is the intended subject of these paintings. The purpose of the landscape elements depicted is to interpret the sunlight that illuminates them. Therefore, none of the pictures here are really about trees, or sky, or water: but observations about how those things relate to, and are animated by light. Also, most of the paintings here attempt to portray passing time in some way by referring to ways in which the landscape is changed by the daily revolution of the earth under the sun, and seasonal affects of the orbit of the earth around the sun. These compositions are meant to celebrate the life and light that points to the Creator of all. It is hoped that these paintings will be felt by the viewer as an invitation to enjoy rest and solitude in the midst of the hectic pace and relentless pressures of everyday life. In that capacity, these pieces are made with an eye toward decorating public places where people congregate, (e.g. doctor’s and attorney’s offices, counselors’ offices, clinics and hospitals, transportation terminals, restaurants, hotels, etc.), or seek refuge (their homes).

Douglas's ArtPrize Entries

These are Douglas's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

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    Woods Coppery Light

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Douglas Rutzen
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    "Chromatic Hours"

    2016 ArtPrize Entry Douglas Rutzen
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Douglas's Past Work

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