Reuben has collected rocks, stones, wood, granite, instruments, and other materials across these lands which he incorporates into his art. Every piece he creates has a story and is unique unto itself. Materials used in his art could come from any of these lands and could tell you a story if we could only hear the art talk. But we can see the magic in Reuben’s art and enjoy each piece for its creative joy and warmth it gives to each of us.
At Wade Sand and Gravel, century old structures still stand from the days of Republic Steel and Thomas Coke Works. This is the historic backdrop for a unique group of artists-in-residence, dubbed The Artist of Thomas Project which was founded by Robin and Carolyn Wade.
Reuben’s studio was the old electric shop at Republic Steel. Still has the names of the men who worked there 100 years ago; their names remain on their locker doors. Reuben finds his studio very inspiring. When he looks out the doors of his studio and sees the old structures of Republic Steel he is at awe imagining its history and the men that worked there. This gives him much inspiration as well as gives him peace of mind, which inspires him to create challenging and creative works of metal art.