Studio Notes

Spring Sabbatical in The Loire Valley

I'm very excited to return for another month-long painting sabbatical in a small village nestled in the lush countryside of the Loire Valley, France. I was last here in the Spring 2014 where I began 20+ canvases inspired by the medieval village architecture and grand chateaux of the region. This trip will focus on a 'mini-series' tentatively tiled "Faces Of Versailles", as well as a handful of larger village landscapes.

I'll be returning to San Francisco just in time to host Spring Open Studios and will have many of these new works there to share. Hope to see you then~

** Spring Open Studios **

April 21 & 22, 2018

11am - 6pm

Hunters Point Shipyard


The 17th Century Manor I'm fortunate to call home base and create studio space...truly enchanting and serene :)

The 17th Century Manor I'm fortunate to call home base and create studio space...truly enchanting and serene :)

New! 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzles!

1000-piece jigsaw puzzles
19.75 x 28 inches
Ages 13 and up
$75 /each

Introducing premium custom jigsaw puzzles featuring two of my San Francisco-inspired oil paintings:  COIT TOWER and GOLDEN GATE. Puzzles are made of high quality chipboard, bagged and packaged in a shrink-wrapped box. Shipping available anywhere in the U.S. for $15. Just email your order [and personal note if it's a gift] to receive a secure SquareUp online invoice. Orders ship Priority Mail [USPS 2-3 day] wherever you wish!

These are the perfect accessory for a cozy weekend in Tahoe...and a great gift idea for the San Francisco-lover in your life! :)

Super-Stellar Studio Remodel :)

After 12 years painting full-time in my current studio, things were starting to feel pretty tight with years of accumulation overflowing the storage shelves and canvases leaning in stacks against every wall. I had run out of room. Luckily, in March of this year the shipyard was able to annex ~200sq.ft. of an adjacent space, adding 25% more square footage and the opportunity to redesign my studio. 

Before construction began, I went through every shelf, stack and drawer donating a ton of stuff and taking inventory of what was left. Whoever says a true artist creates in chaos is a wishful thinker, because in reality it really helps to know where your Dremel cordless mini-rotary sander is...turns out I had three. Then the far wall was knocked down and new walls went up, a second door was added next to a small kitchen area, tool closet, new track lights, new paint and resurfaced floors throughout. The floors alone: they went from a dingy, scuffed matte black to a high-gloss resign-finish in light gray.

The transformation has been amazing...not just the larger, reconfigured space but the overall quality of light. Have a look! 

SFBC Winterfest 2016 :: Auction & Party!

Please join me for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Annual Winterfest Fundraiser and Member Party on Sunday, December 4, from 6-10:30pm at The Village [Market Street between 5th & 6th] in downtown San Francisco.

I have donated artwork to Winterfest since 2002, the first year they included art in the auction. It's an honor to support an organization that has done so much to improve our beautiful city, making the streets safer for everyone. This year's donation:  

"Eve", 2016, oil on cardboard, framed 16" x 20". Come out and support a great cause and enjoy the best fundraiser party of the year!

"Eve", 2016, oil on cardboard, 11" x 17" ©Lynn Rubenzer. All rights reserved.

"Eve", 2016, oil on cardboard, 11" x 17" ©Lynn Rubenzer. All rights reserved.

Surrealism @ Bi-Rite Creamery

I am very excited to partner with the Bi-Rite Creamery in creating a site-specific 4 x 14foot oil painting for their Dolores Park location in the Mission District of San Francisco. Three custom birch panels were built to wrap around three continuous walls, creating a surreal panorama of the surrounding neighborhood.

Completed & installed in June, 2016. 

IN-PROGRESS pics documenting the evolution, photographed at the end of each day of painting:

The Midway Mural Project

I'm thrilled to have been selected alongside 5 other artists to create a mural on the exterior facade of The Midway—a 40,000 square-foot arts complex in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Each mural is a portrait of a side-show freak from a slightly askew carnival midway scene. Mine? Why, a fortune-telling pterodactyl, of course! "The Ptero Reader", perched at her table and feeding on the tools of her trade, is located on the far right side of the building alongside Benjamin Clarke's and Chris Blackstock's murals, "The Levitator" & "Twin Personalities", respectively.

The Midway arts complex, founded in 2015, houses a 3,000 square-foot art gallery, 9 artist-in-residency studios, non-profit spaces, an auditorium with culinary tutorial capabilities, a live music venue @ 2,000-person capacity and state-of-the-art surround-sound and lighting, and a daily cafe with outdoor garden space sheltered in the sunny bayside warehouse neighborhood just 10 blocks south of the SF Giants baseball park. Lots of exciting stuff happening at this beacon of creativity on the eastern shores of SF...check out their calendar for upcoming events.

Custom Silk Scarves, Oh my!

Introducing custom silk scarves featuring my San Francisco-inspired oil paintings!

Each scarf is printed on sheer silk chiffon using archival pigments and custom-hemmed in the San Francisco Bay Area....these lovely scarves are 100% locally made and available for $85 each. Dimensions: 13" x 88". Hand wash cold [see  SHOP :: SPECIAL EDITIONS]

SFBC's 19th Annual Winterfest Art Auction

"The Avenues", 2014, pastel on paper, custom-matted & framed 12" x 18"

"The Avenues", 2014, pastel on paper, custom-matted & framed 12" x 18"

Sunday November 16, 2014, from 6pm - 10:30pm

City View at Metreon [top floor], 135 4th Street, San Francisco

2014 marks my thirteenth consecutive year donating to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Annual Winterfest Party. This year's piece, "The Avenues", is available at silent auction with an opening bid of $ well as many great bikes, accessories, gift certificates and artwork from 50+ local artists. This is a really fun party! Annual membership is included with admission. Please consider supporting this wonderful organization. See you there!

The Launch


Welcome to my new website!

At long last, I'm thrilled to present my online PORTFOLIO and SHOP featuring a current inventory of all original oils, sculptures & special editions available for purchase, as well as a forum to post news and in-progress pics from my studio. Have a look around and please feel free to email with comments or suggestions. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.....just follow the icons in the upper right corner.

Thanks for your interest in my work.