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Salida hospital exhibits paintings by Max Ruppeck

Salidan painter Max Ruppeck captures scenes from Colorado, Europe and Mexico in a collection of watercolor paintings on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center through March 31.

Ruppeck painted his first watercolor in 1962, when he was an architecture student at the University of Illinois. Over the years, Ruppeck has studied with internationally known artists, including Mel Stabin and Alvaro Castagnet. He has also studied with Colorado artists Raleigh Kinney, James Pedersen and Dennis Pendleton.

His primary subjects are cityscapes and landscapes, and he has also created figurative and portrait work.

Ruppeck’s initial approach to applying color and value to a painting is to use as few strokes as possible with a large brush. In the final part of the painting process, he adds details with smaller brushes and/or other applicators.

“I often add backgrounds, shading and details, and intensify value contrasts in my studio, after the initial paint application is thoroughly dried,” he said.

All of his paintings in the hospital exhibit are for sale, and 25 percent of the proceeds are donated to the HRRMC Foundation. This is the hospital’s first exhibit this year, which is part of its mission to create a healing environment for patients and visitors.

HRRMC displays the work of regional artists, with an emphasis on the Arkansas Valley. For more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC, call 719-530-2217.