San Francisco artist Reuben Rude grew up in the woods of Northern California with bohemian parents and no television. This lack of technology forced him to spend almost every waking hour drawing and painting. He moved back to San Francisco for college and then began working as a colorist in the comics industry on titles like Spawn and Savage Dragon. His personal artwork, especially the layered backdrops to his paintings, however is inspired by his hometown: “I love all the great walls covered with tattered posters, graffiti, spattered paint and stickers, decaying with time. These unintentional collaborative collages influence me”.