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Mary Ruden

Mary Ruden is a professional artist and art teacher who focuses on natural subjects including orchids and butterflies. Her art and sculpture also includes medical themes – a field she is exposed to through her work as a diagnostic ultrasound technician in hospital emergency rooms and trauma centers. Patients’ long road to recovery is the theme of several of her pieces. “Sometimes it is a lifelong struggle for people to fight on a one-day-at-a-time basis to recover from the trauma of war,” she says.

Paid with Their Bones

20 x 15 x 2 in.


The skeleton of a soldier wounded in action was drawn to emphasize the bone’s scientific and artistic qualities. “There is not a bigger sacrifice that we can pay than that of one with our lives. It is the greatest act of heroism, courage and conviction,” Ruden says.


Hero, Heal

9 x 14 x 2 in.

Photo Illustration Print

Three upper torso skeletons line up in formation, reminiscent of a group of marching soldiers. “The message of heroism and healing is present, as that is the essence of war duty. Time to heal and doing one’s best as a hero are basic requirements of this service,” she says.