MOON OVER SOUTH TONGASS
Dave Rubin is a visual artist and musician who has been living in Ketchikan for over 30 years. Originally from New York, he brings to his works a foundation in European painting tradition. Dave spent his early years going to all the museums. He says, "Everyone starts off coloring - I just never stopped." Dave moved to Ketchikan in 1983 and has been one of the most beloved local artists ever since. He primarily creates images of Ketchikan’s people and landscapes in oil paint and pastels, but recently has ventured into life-size bronze sculpture. In 2010 he completed the figurative monument placed on Berth 2 cruise ship dock in Ketchikan titled “The Rock.” This highly visible piece portrays the pioneers that are the foundation of Ketchikan, and is one of the area’s most recognizable landmarks.
As for the process of creation, Dave says, “I paint because I have to, and luckily I want to- it’s basically a nervous habit.