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Artfully Equestrian
Lizi's Mission: "Bring the joy of art to patrons by illustrating, sculpting and painting animals and the people who love them."

One of Mary and Ralph's eight children, Lizi Ruch Plotnick was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. As a child, Lizi loved animals and was always "horse crazy". Some of her first horse drawings were discovered (much to her mother's dismay) scratched using a safety pin into the Chippendale dinning table. Other fine examples of Lizi's early work were scribbled inside the front covers of assorted library books within the Ruch household. Deciding that Lizi might have some artistic inclinations and to spare the furniture, her father started bringing her extra yellow legal pads and pencils from the office, thus launching his daughter's artistic career.

After graduating with a B.A. from Transylvania University and while working on a graduate degree, Lizi taught art and served as department chair at Eastern High School in Louisville. She completed an M.A., in ceramic Sculpture from University of Louisville and began to create work for showings in local galleries. This work featured animated sculptural interpretations of local restaurants and residences rendered with whimsy in ceramic form. Many of these pieces are sill treasured today by their owners as estate heirlooms.

Awarded a partial scholarship to study at Parsons School of Design, Lizi moved to New Your City. Upon graduation with a B.F.A. in fashion design, Lizi launched her own knitwear business (with the help of a very supportive dad). Her designs were sold throughout high-end specialty stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus as well as Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog. Lizi Ruch Designs were also selected by the PGA as opening merchandise for golf championship at Valhalla.

Lizi has taught within the fashion design departments of both Parsons and Otis Collage of Art and Design, and currently works as a freelance consultant and instructor at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). Still crazy about horses and animals, she is passionate about the sport of foxhunting. As a member of the West Hills Hounds and an occasional guest riding with both Santa Fe and Santa Ynez Vally Hounds, Lizi has had plenty of opportunities to gather inspiration for her current passion and artistic endeavors.

Lizi lives in Marina Del Rey, California with her husband Harvey Plotnick and their two four-legged cocker spaniel and foxhound children, Zazu and Jesse-Belle THFH. Unfortunately, her trusty steeds, Chuckee and Woody, have to live in Chatsworth (because their isn't much grass at the beach), but she makes the trek to the barn at least three times a week. Lizi is regularly commissioned to paint horses, hounds, and dogs of every sort, both on canvas and clay. Her ceramic sculpture of the barn at "Runnymeade" (located in Woodside, Calif.) won third place at the "Draft Horse Classic". She is currently painting hunt scenes that highlight open western landscapes. Two of these paintings were selected to tour with the "Masters of Foxhounds Association of America" MFHA Centennial Traveling Art Exhibition and are also published in "A Centennial View" the commemorative book that features all the hunts in North America. Her illustrations for "A Horse Named Duke", a fun and entertaining child's horse story by Georgann Koenig, were just featured in American Cowboy magazine's October/November 2011 round-up review.    She is currently marketing her spectacular line of "hunt theme" and other horse discipline dinnerware and gifts and plans to add some fun new designs for upcoming markets.