Dave Pedrazzi officially became the President of the California Rodeo Salinas on October 17th, but he started working on the 2020 California Rodeo Salinas commemorative poster back in the spring. This year’s poster was inspired by his love of traditional rodeo events and the western lifestyle. When he saw the photo of 2 time world champion tie-down roper Tuf Cooper, taken at Salinas in 2008 by the late Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Photographer Rich Ruef, he knew it would make a great poster. The image is full of energy and movement and captures a moment during a tie-down run perfectly. Local artist Ruth Deoudes, the 2017 California Rodeo poster artist, was excited to illustrate that feeling via pencil sketch and did an outstanding job with this year’s main poster artwork and also inspired the final design which came to her as she was sketching.
Born on California's beautiful Monterey Peninsula, Ruth was the fourth of five children. Her youth was very fulfilling, with many family adventures and numerous pets. Ruth’s parents were educators who offered many artistic outlets.This may have been what inspired her to start drawing and painting at an early age.
Ruth continued to follow her interest by studying art at Monterey Peninsula College, San Diego State University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has been influenced by traditional as well as contemporary western artists.
In 1988 Ruth and her husband Pete moved to the rural Salinas area where they had room to raise a family and maintain their livestock. Whether at home, a rodeo, or a friend's ranch, Ruth never lacks for inspiration or subject matter. It may be a situation, a pose, or even a gesture that sparks her interest. The execution and technique of her pencil drawings is very important, but the main goal for Ruth is to create an emotionally engaging and inspiring image.