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Artist Spotlight | Beardy Painter Travis Ridlehuber & Live Song by Zee | “This Town” Vodcast

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Artist Travis Ridlehuber and host Mike Enders
Musician Zee and host Mike Enders


In this week’s “This Town” Vodcast, hosted by Mike Enders, artist Travis Ridlehuber stops in to chat about his scruffy men paintings on beautiful wood, his upcoming show at San Francisco’s Magnet and More. Also, musician Zee, a new SF transplant stops in for a quick chat about the origins of his name, new EP coming out,  and he performs an original song, ‘Running on Empty.” He is one to look out for, the real deal, with a phenomenal voice!

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Check out some of Travis Ridlehuber’s paintings below that were featured in the video.  We will keep you posted on the details of Travis’ show at Magnet here in San Francisco this coming August. To find much more art and info on Travis go to Facebook |


“A painter combining classical training, traditional men’s craft of woodworking, and a modern aesthetic.”


“My work illustrates the beauty of man in his natural state: bearded and masculine, strong and vulnerable, magnetic, Apollonian.”

“The paintings are executed on finely-crafted, custom-built wood panels. Historically a male skill fostered through guilds, woodworking was passed from one generation of carpenters to the next, from fathers to sons. Reflecting this tradition, the panels are hard and strong, beautiful like the images of men that they hold.”

“The creation of the work has been, in part, a collaborative effort on the part of the painter, the woodworker and the models.”

“The models: The images were almost solely taken from “selfies” chosen by artist and subject from a collection of photos each man uses to portray himself.”

“The woodworker: An incredibly skilled craftsman who takes great pride in his work. He has worked with me to ensure that the grain and type of wood are perfectly paired and finished for each individual piece.”

“And finally the painter: bringing the refined craftsmanship of the woodworker, the hard refined beauty of the wood, and the beauty of the model together in the finished work.”


“Travis Ridlehuber was encouraged in his artistic endeavors at an early age, through many private drawing and painting classes. Having taught for over a decade, he chose to leave the classroom in midlife and return to school to pursue his passion for the visual arts. While studying oil painting at the University of New Mexico, he began photographing his models and developed a love for photography that continues to inform his creative process. Having grown up in the rolling hill country of central Texas, and lived, hiked, and camped his way through Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Oregon, his appreciation for the outdoorsman and the unadorned male figure is apparent in his current works.”

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