Paula Rubin-Wexler is known for her big skies and abstracted landscapes, showcasing her deep understanding of the moods, colors and atmosphere of the vistas she loves to paint. Her award-winning work is described as having a compelling simplicity and a Zen-like quality. Her work is primarily plein air, celebrating the sights, sounds and feelings she experiences while on location, whether on Elbow Cay in the Bahamas, or on the coast of Maine.
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A native New Yorker, Rubin-Wexler enjoyed a successful advertising career, opening her own agency and producing outstanding campaigns for national clients. After deciding to become the artist she always wanted to be, she had the opportunity to study with some of her favorite painters, including Wolf Kahn, Stuart Shils, Stanley Bielen, Christine Lafuente and others, many of whom she is still in contact with, and who continue to inspire her.
Paula says, “I love being a plein air painter. Actually, I love to paint anything from direct observation – anything from Life. I relish the freedom to choose both what to include and what to edit and leave out. For a short while, it allows me to be the creator of my own world. I connect so much with the landscape and its wide-open spaces, letting the light of the day move me as I begin to put my brush to canvas. A quiet beauty comes from nature and I feel a visceral perception beyond my five senses. I respond to the color and shapes, and emotionally react to what I perceive and feel deeply drawn to.
“Painting allows me to get “in the zone,” as I lose myself, forget time, and just be in the present moment. It is a real joy and a gift that I give myself. It is my fondest hope that the viewer can also experience and resonate with what I felt, while forgetting everything – sharing my sense of having the freedom to just be.”
Rubin-Wexler has exhibited in solo, juried, and group shows including, at the Delaplaine Arts Center, TAG, Yellow Barn Gallery in Bethesda, Baltimore’s Crystal Moll Gallery, and Blue Streak Gallery in Wilmington DE. She has also exhibited at Artique, former underground gallery at VOLT, Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, and others.
A life-long advocate for the arts, Rubin-Wexler serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Frederick Arts Council. Her work is held in private and public collections in the U.S. and in Europe.