RUTH KEIPP is a self-taught, non-objective abstract painter in Delaware, U.S.A. Her medium is predominently acrylics, but additionally works with mixed media, oil, and encaustic.
Keipp has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Journalism (visual emphasis) from the University of Iowa. After the university, she pursued photography as a photo editor for Tulsa Magazine, and later as an adjunct photography instructor for the University of Tulsa (OK) and Weber State University (UT). Alongside these efforts, Keipp continued to receive photo commissions, participate in exhibits, and evolve her own art.
Keipp’s early, photojournalistic passion for black-and-white film and documentary photography gave way in mid-life to a love affair with Kodachrome and experimentation with abstract subject matter. In 1986 one of her initial abstractions on color film was selected for the Utah State Art Collection via a photographic exhibit juried by the renowned Judy Dater. As life will have it, Keipp in later years parted ways with the camera as her primary means of creative expression, and began painting on canvas in 2015 to explore abstraction newly.
Keipp's original inspirations in painting include Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler when Keipp saw both artists' paintings exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Before ever holding a brush herself, she was emotionally struck by Frankenthaler's lyrical style and brilliant sense of color through thinning her painting oils.
Keipp is originally from Iowa. She recently relocated to Delaware after living in Washington D.C. for over 20 years, following previous years in Utah, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.