Tao of Rudy: Essential Dog-ma for Everyday Joy

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Tao of Rudy: Essential Dog-ma for Everyday Joy
Paintings by Corinne Humphrey
Wed, Jun 7, 7pm

“Anyone can teach their dog to sit, stay and speak,
but did you ever stop to think
about what your dog could teach you?”


Corinne Humphrey’s bold, whimsical paintings have many layers. At first glance, paintings in the Tao of Rudy series appear as simple, child-like images of her rescued dog and muse, Rudy. Upon closer inspection, one discovers deeper meaning with titles like “Listen to the Beat of Your Own Drum,” “Find a Balance,” “Wake Up to Love,” “Take the Leap,” and other universal themes that invite viewers to take a longer look and contemplate emotion, fears, success and joy.  

The paintings in the Tao of Rudy series are also the illustrations for three award-winning children’s books: The Tao of Rudy, Shoot for the Moon: Lessons on Life from a Dog Named Rudy, and Wake Up to Love: Lessons on Friendship from a Dog Named Rudy.

All the pieces in the Tao of Rudy series are inspired by real former shelter dog, Rudy. After much early abuse, Rudy was rescued but spent years in and out of various shelters and foster homes before he found Corinne at Utah Friends of Animals’ “Furburbia” adoption center (renamed as Nuzzles & Co.) Corinne and Rudy donate a portion of all sales of paintings, prints, journals and books back to Canines with a Cause and other animal rescue organizations so that other dogs can find good homes too.

Corinne Humphrey works mainly in acrylic on canvas, using bright, solid colors and clean lines. She also produces pieces in gouache, oil, watercolor, sketches, and mixed media. Her mixed media pieces incorporate old sheet music, maps, book titles, scrabble letters, and other items that inform and shape her themes of optimism and joy. 

Originally from a small town in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Corinne has also lived in Boston, San Diego, Palo Alto, and Lake Tahoe. She now makes her home in Park City, Utah. Her other career as an international flight attendant has afforded her the opportunity to roam the globe and study original artwork from many different cultures. “It’s been like a fabulous 30-year self-study course in art history,” she says. In addition to random classes in figure drawing, ceramics, and watercolor, Corinne has studied painting at an atelier in southern France, at workshops at Park City’s Kimball Art Center, and also completed courses in the Visual Arts program at Utah Valley University with an emphasis on Illustration and graphic design.

Her paintings serve also as illustrations for three multiple award-winning children’s picture books and have been featured in group shows at Art Access Gallery, Atelier, Kimball Art Center, and Alpine Art Gallery. In May 2016, Union Station Gallery in Ogden, Utah hosted a solo show. Corinne has shared her talent and enthusiasm leading classes at Art Access Gallery in Salt Lake City and also works closely with Arts-Kids, a youth development organization that uses the expressive arts to serve at-risk youth in Summit and Wasatch Counties.

Location: Main Library, Children's Gallery

Contact Information: 801-524-8200