The work is organized by collections. I work in several styles. Sometimes I will add an entire collection at once, other times I add to previous collections. I often revisit themes and ways of working.
My current abstract work comes out of a long process of organizing concepts and palettes onto small cards. As I consider the ideas, shapes, colors and marks I want to play with, I set up a problem or question with the cards and work within those parameters for the duration of the painting.
Bold graphic color characterizes these paintings. In this collection, I indulge my love of color relationships, light, and simplified forms. I have spent most of my life living in New England, and the places feel a bit like family to me. I try to capture the ease of mind one gets just from looking out at a beautiful scene, whether the view is of the coast, the mountains, the rivers, or the smaller wild spaces in the suburbs. These oil paintings currently range in size from 8”x10” to 22”x28”.
"View From Uncle Tim's Island"
12”x24” oil on canvas. SOLD
Paintings with Text
Similar to the “Reflections” series, the paintings in this collection are bigger giving me the opportunity to explore my love of typography, layering, and collage. Some works mix all these things, while others veer closer to pure abstraction with a hint of text or handwriting. They include fragments of thought and imagery, like the bits of dream that can stay with you through the day.
Tarot cards have been used for games and for fortune telling for hundreds of years. The images are shorthand for myths and symbols. I have reinterpreted the cards several times. I use the images, colors and marks I’ve developed as inspiration for larger works.
The paintings in these sets each represent a section of a deck of Tarot Cards. (A complete deck is 78 cards, but they can be broken down into three distinct sections.) For more details on my process see the "Process" and "Performance" sections of the website.
Some of the work shown here is available for individual sale. Other groups are sold as a set. Please email me for information.
Ace to Ten in Four Suits
Each Panel is 9" x 12", oil and acrylic on wood panel. Installed the piece is approximately 56" x 108".
Each panel is 12" x 16", acrylic and oil on wood panel. Installed the piece measures approximately 70" x 96".
Mixed media on wood panel. Each panel is 9" x 12", installed the piece is approximately 42" x 54".
In these paintings, the built environment of town, city, village and neighborhood is simplified and enhanced. Streets seem to me to be the veins and arteries of human-inhabited landscape. Space contracts and expands to show importance and relationship. The heightened color feels playful to me. The point of view (above and back a bit) is how I see the world in my mind’s eye. These paintings are love letters to buildings, roads and other inhabited places.
40"x40" oil on canvas
24"x24" oil on canvas
The Old House
36"x48" oil on canvas
Coral Sky over High Rock
Around the Corner
12"x16" oil on board
30x40 oil on canvas
36"x48" oil on canvas
12"x12" mixed media on board
Trees and Tree House Paintings
If the “Neighborhood” series is a love letter to the built environment, the Tree paintings are a free association of pattern, image and color. They are a dreamscape. The trees remind me of our neurons. They draw nourishment from the sky as much as the earth. Tree houses are sometimes nestled in the branches, collaged monoprints mix with paint, and ladders reach for the sky.
As Caroline developed her abstract painting, she wanted to work with dancers to produce the "Court Cards" and to develop a movement-based piece for her Tarot Series. She found her collaborators through an ad posted by Kelsey Trottier at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA.
Caroline described her project and the raw material of the other artists' movements became the visual inspiration for the Court Card paintings. In addition the group developed a work called "The Reading". This performance piece grew out of that collaboration and is an extension of Caroline's painting practice and her longtime dedication to art collaboration.
"The Reading" is a collaboration between eleven artists from many varied backgrounds. It is inspired by, and is an extension of, Caroline's work using Tarot Cards to insert chance operations into her work.
This piece was created within the Intersections: Inspiring Influences collaboration project. The overall project was conceived by Kelsey Trottier to bring visual artists, dancers, writers, musicians and performers together. "The Reading" was one of three collaborations created for this project.
Collaborators for "The Reading": Caroline Rufo, Raquel Kober (cello, composer), Sara Marhamo, Rachel, Emily Jawadekar, Shayne, Iman R. Louis-Jeune, Gyorgy A. Porkolab, Jessie Hansen, Ethan Pravetz, and Alice Rufo.
The Reading : Intersections 3/7
The first performance of this piece happened at the Pozen Center at Massachusetts College of Art on March 9, 2015.
12"x16" oil on panel.
Path to the Beach
10" x 20" oil on canvas
Lines and Branches
36" x 60", oil on canvas.
12"x24" oil on canvas
Before They Waken
12" x 16"
Bus Stop in January
24"x24" oil on canvas
Bus Stop February
20"x20" oil on canvas
10" x 12" oil on canvas
18"x24" oil on canvas
End of Summer
16"x20" oil on canvas
Breaking the Light
12"x14" mixed media and oil on board
This series of works on paper includes text and imagery I have been developing since 2013. Each painting focuses on a word or phrase which has positive and negative connotations. I consider them to be both affirmations as well as warnings. These works are small contemplative pieces at 6"x7.5” (framed, 11”x14”). All are mixed media including acrylic, oil paint, ink, and pencil.