Mary Jean Ruhnke

Mary Jean Ruhnke lives on a small ranch outside of San Antonio, Texas and draws much of her inspiration from nature and her emotional struggles with balancing a career, finding time to create and raising two young children. She enjoys challenging herself with the complexity of painting feathers, fur and conveying her emotional state within that animals she creates. Many of her works feature birds. They are a reflection of her spirit. They depict her vulnerability, joy, splendor for life and immense desire to be free from commitments and society’s expectations. She never realized her artistic talent until she became very ill due to her digestive disease, ulcerative colitis. She has found painting to be a safe outlet to place her pain and emotions into.

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