Art Consultant



Chris Rutz

at the

Radius Gallery, 106 Auditorium Circle



oil on canvas


"Wrapped Object Series"




left: "Tomatoes in Cup"         Right: "Grasshopper"

each: oil on board

each: $300.00


"Love and Candy"

oil on board


"Toy Box"

oil on board



In college,Chris Rutz had a professor who warned his students that they probably had 10,000 bad drawings in them and the faster they could get them out, the better.

“It sounds a little harsh, but it also has an element of truth to it,” said the 43-year-old San Antonio painter, who is showing work from the past decade — still lifes and portraiture — at Radius Gallery, 106 Auditorium Circle, through Nov. 1.

Rutz, a former art teacher and a set painter at Woodlawn Theate, likes to draw challenges for himself to keep the ol' art muscles toned.
“If you don't use your skills,” he said, “you won't necessarily lose them, but they do get rusty.”

So a couple of years ago, Rutz decided that he would make a painting every day, an exercise that lasted a few months. A few of the speedy works, including a view of a grasshopper in a Kerr jar, made it into the exhibition.

“It was a great learning experience,” said Rutz, who earned his bachelor's degree in art from Baylor University and his master's from Texas Tech. It made me deal with compositional and color issues more immediately.”

In addition to settings with kids' toys and folded laundry, Rutz wrapped everyday objects in white paper, taped it and tied it together with string for a fascinating series of still lifes titled, not surprisingly, “Wrapped Objects.”

“It was an exercise I used to give my students at Castle Hills First Baptist School,” he said. “It makes you look very closely in order to capture all the little details and shadings.”

For his portraiture — mostly of family and friends — Rutz works from photographs, but notes that photography “can't capture the detail that the naked eye can.”

“It's stuff around me,” he said of his subject matter. “I don't try to make big statements with my art. I just try to find the simple beauty in things.”

Rutz said that painting sets for theater productions at the Woodlawn has “really loosened” him up.

“Everything there is meant to be seen from 30 feet away,” he said. “You can't be real subtle. If it's subtle, you can't see it. So I back up and view the set paintings from where the audience sees them.”
Which is a fairly accurate measure of Rutz's fine artwork: He views things the way the rest of us would.







Luisa Wheeler

Gare du Nord 

Size: 16” x 24” frame: 30” x 38”
Paris, France 2012
$ 250.


Luisa Wheeler

Serrures d’amour (love locks)  

       Size: 16” x 24” frame: 30” x 38”
       Paris, France 2012
        $ 250.


Luisa Wheeler

Coucher du Soleil (sunset) 

        Size: 16” x 24” frame: 30” x 38”
        Paris, France 2012
         $ 250.



Paintings by Janis Marckstein








Handmade brushes, a computer, a Dermal drill,  hypodermic needles and tips of ball point pens are unusual additions to the more traditional tools utilized by artist Janis Porter Marckstein, whose oil and acrylic paintings hang in galleries and homes across the United States and Europe.   Beginning September 14, Marckstein’s paintings will be featured in a show at The Radius curated by Joan Grona.  
“I am excited about this show because it features an artist who began painting in the 1960s and has not only kept pace with changes in the art world, she blended her traditional art with 21st Century technology in a way that is unique, eye stopping and entertaining,” Grona said.  
Always innovative and willing to take a risk, Marckstein recently added striping tape she found at an auto-body shop to her tool box.  “I apply the tape to the canvas, melt it on and then coat it with a synthetic resin until it becomes a permanent part of the painting,” Marckstein said.  Her upcoming show at The Radius will include a piece with the melted striping as well as computer-generated drawings that evolved into large paintings.  
Lest the art lover should believe that Marckstein’s work would look best hanging in the Jetson’s futuristic house, she is also a master of realistic techniques.  The Radius show will be her first abstract show; it will, however, featured some recent realistic paintings, such as those collectors have been buying and enjoying for decades.  
Marckstein refers to her studio at Blue Star as her hide out where she paints six hours a day. She stops only to have lunch with close friends, whom she says she considers both her best advisors and most honest critics.
Teresa Curry, director of the Hurd La Rinconada Gallery at San Patricio, New Mexico called Marckstein’s work “vibrant and exciting.”  Marckstein was the first non Hurd/Wyeth family member to show at the Hurd La Rinconada Gallery.  Other artists and collectors have described Marckstein’s work as timeless and as having a magnetic quality that pleases the eye and touches the soul.
Her list of credits and awards would fill one of her large canvases.  They include various awards from The San Antonio Art Leagues’ annual juried show, Annual Texas Fine Arts Association, Mid West Texas Art Exhibition, Hill Country Art Foundation and many others.
“I am excited about The Radius exhibit,” said Marckstein. “The paintings in the show reveal a new dimension to my work, which reflects the pasts, focuses on the presents and hints at the future.”  







"Trapezoid series"

Oil on canvas
34" x 78"


Ben Mata


“green path”
oil on aluminum   48 x 48”


Jason Willome and Emily Fleister

Wesley Harvey

"afternoon delight"

"lipstick lovers"
porcelain, latex paint

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