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Conversations with Orit Reuben

Today we’d like to introduce you to Orit Reuben.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am an impressionist pastel painter. I paint mostly landscapes and some figures and portraits en plein air and in the studio. I was born in Israel to a family of artists. My grandfather was a prolific painter, and my mother still paints. As a child, I painted alongside my mother and wanted to become an artist, but as I grew up my goals became more “practical,” and I became an interior designer. 

I rediscovered art when I was inspired by a coworker, who painted, and I proceeded to take art courses. I started drawing and painting the figure and added landscape painting when I joined a local plein air group. I initially painted in oils and discovered pastels along the way, which felt more natural to me, so I stuck with the pastel medium. 

I love nature and being outdoors therefore plein air painting really suits me. When I paint outdoors, I enjoy fully experiencing the scene around me. I love seeing a heron fly by or smelling the greenery and water nearby. Fast-changing light and conditions push me to work faster to record my surroundings. I am thankful to live in Florida, where the weather is plein-air friendly most of the year. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My artistic journey has been an interesting road of self-discovery. I started painting while working full-time, but at a certain point, I decided to rely solely on my painting. Becoming a full-time artist allowed my painting to evolve and grow faster and enabled me to increase my participation in plein air events and also travel. Most importantly, being a full-time artist has given me more time to paint. 

This transition has been scary at times, but so far, I have relied on my instincts to find my next steps, and that has served me well. My philosophy is to say “Yes” to most invitations within reason. 

I enjoy the combination of painting, doing plein air events, and teaching, both locally and nationally. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
As an impressionist pastel painter, I am known for my colorful and bright expression, and especially for depicting glow and light. Living in Florida provides me with bright and sunny surroundings, and my personality seeks to “pump up” the color and light in what I see. 

I tend to be attracted to facts and knowledge and used to be a news junkie, but recently I have tried to disconnect from everyday chatter while staying informed about the big picture. Perhaps my happy and bright painting style comes from subconsciously seeking to infuse happiness into a sometimes bleak world. 

Who else deserves credit in your story?
Participating in plein-air events has benefited me greatly. The friendships and camaraderie formed within these communities have been priceless. The generosity of experienced and successful artists sharing their advice has been essential to my career. 

In addition, being a part of a local plein air group has allowed me to develop wonderful friendships with artists who have been generous with their guidance. Generally, I find artists to be giving with their knowledge, both artistically and in business. I believe in paying it forward on my path by sharing freely whenever I can. 

I especially thank the late Marie Orban, who was my figure drawing teacher for many years, and who pushed and encouraged me to keep painting. 

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Image Credits
Wendy Wallenberg

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