Monday, June 18, 2012

Fine Arts of Women RVers

Ruth Hager in her studio. (Julianne Crane)
On, Julianne Crane posted a four-part series on “RVing Artists” featuring RVers from different parts of America who have chosen to pursue their creative dreams with the help of a recreation vehicle.

Four of the five artists profiled are women: Photographer Ruth Hager of Michigan, animal and nature painter Skye Sutherland of Connecticut, watercolorist Mari Anne Figgins of Spokane, Wash., and crafter Karen Pugh of Ohio. (The fifth artist featured is writer Terry Hager, Ruth's husband.)
Skye Sutherland of Connecticut and Zackary.

Every day painters, photographers and writers discover the freedom of traveling in an RV and creating art without giving up the comforts of home. 

Ever-expanding wireless technology guarantees that no matter how far one travels, it is increasingly possible to stay in touch with clients, dealers and publishers.

Thanks to smart phones and social media, untold thousands of artists use recreation vehicles as their studios on wheels.

Mari Anne Figgins (Julianne Crane)
+ Photographer Ruth Hager, and husband, writer Terry Hager, are prime examples. Since 1997 they have lived and traveled full-time in an RV. They currently live in their 2002 32-foot Automate fifth wheel trailer. To read more about RVers  Ruth and Terry Hager, click here.

+ Painter Skye Sutherland and her 85-pound rescue sidekick, Zackary, have lived full-time in a 21-foot 2008 Flagstaff Micro Lite travel trailer for two years. Her dinette table doubles as her studio.  To read more about animal and nature painter Skye Sutherland of Connecticut click here.

+ Veteran of more than three decades as a fine art watercolorist, Mari Anne Figgins is a 'newbie' RVer.  This summer she is embarking on her first cross-country RV trip to visit family and show her work at an arts festival in Michigan.  To read more about realistic painter  Mari Anne Figgins of Spokane, Wash., click here.

Karen Pugh of K P Dreams in Ohio
+ Karen Pugh of Ohio has sold her hand-painted K P Dreams signs for home and garden at arts and crafts shows in the Midwest and along the East Coast. Five years ago, she and her husband, Mike, purchased a classic 1985 34-foot Mallard class A motor home to travel the fairs circuit in style. To read more about crafter Karen Pugh of K P Dreams click here.

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