Ruth Dicker, American (1919 - 2004)

Ruth Dicker

Ruth Doerschuk Dicker (March 9, 1919 – December 2, 2004) was a California painter of landscapes.

Dicker was born in Niagara Falls, New York. She received private lessons in Oil Painting between the ages of nine and twelve. She went to Salem Academy and then attended the College of William and Mary where she received a degree in painting and art history. She moved to New York City where she studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art and at the Art Students League under Ernest Fiene. While in New York, Dicker worked as a freelance illustrator, a fashion model and a draftsman for Sperry Gyroscope. Also in New York, she met her husband and they soon moved to Palo Alto, California where they raised two sons. In 1970, Dicker moved to Santa Rosa, California where she would find her most recognizable style in depicting the landscapes of Sonoma County.

Throughout her career, her work was shown in galleries, museums, corporate offices in New York City and in and around the San Francisco Bay area. She participated in one woman or group shows at the Legion of Honor, the Oakland Museum of California, Santa Clara University, and Stanford University. Her style includes vibrant acrylic colors, splatters of paint and strips of wood covered in rice-paper to give dimensionality and texture that leaps off the panel.

After her husband died in 1980, she enjoyed the most productive years of her career. In 1983, Dicker traveled with a group of California artists led by Earl Thollander to China. She enjoyed the art of the Southwest and often traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Her most well-known paintings are likely the large paintings depicting the seasons in the dining room of The Nut Tree (now closed) in Vacaville, California and a 24-foot-wide (7.3 m) mural at the Yosemite Art and Education Center.

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