Photo of Dee © Polly Price, 2014.
Black Cat Mosaics
Contemporary Abstract Mosaic and Mixed Media Artist
Dee Ruff has had a rich and much varied background (Psychology, Social Work, Massage, Needlepoint, Gardening) that since 2012 has culminated in a study of mosaics, one of the most ancient and durable forms of art. Through intensive self-study and professional studies with internationally renowned mosaic artists, Dee has developed her own artistic voice. Inspired by nature, Dee creates a modern-day alchemy in each of her four styles of art.
In her Illuminated Shards® style of art, Dee combines textures from the natural world, colors (utilizing meticulously cut and placed art glass) and employs embedded reflective elements that create unique effects of light within the mosaics. Dee created her Travertine and Patina Artworks, following her move to the American Southwest. The Travertine designs feature hand cut natural stone, while the Patina style features copper, bronze, or iron metal coatings that have been oxidized. Dee’s newest artworks are her Color Fields. These textural tapestries of color simultaneously offer the opportunity to celebrate the beauty and emotional impact of color, while experiencing a sense of calmness. The Travertine, Patina, and Color Field works of art incorporate areas of mosaic containing semi-precious minerals, shells, natural stone, metal objects, glazed ceramic, and other unique tesserae.
As an artist, Dee has enjoyed being a member of local, national, and international art organizations. She is an active participant in global online contemporary art groups and has served as a mentor for beginning artists. Dee has exhibited in numerous local and national juried art exhibitions and charitable art events. She has contributed to four public art mosaic murals in the United States.
When she isn't busy with contemporary mosaic art, Dee enjoys spending time with her husband, where they have mutual hobbies of gardening and celebrating the beauty of nature, traveling, collecting art, visiting art galleries and museums, and attending cultural events. An avid music lover, Dee enjoys live musical events and listens to diverse types of music during her creative process. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and Ace, their pampered black cat.