Hello!I'm Ruth - Artist, Teacher, Juror
I’m glad you’re here. I offer original artwork, online classes, and (when possible) in-person workshops. I think you’ll like what you see. Take a look around my corner of the web, keep in touch, and let me know how I can make your life more beautiful.
– Artist Ruth
New Workshop! Tide Lines - Cold Wax and Oil with Collage
June 14 - 17 Hybrid Model - both in person at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon AND Online. Read details at Registration link, below.
Tides rise and fall, leaving behind evidence of where the water has been. Join me to explore combining abstracted cold wax painting with assemblage and collage to create paintings that express the change and impermanence of the tides. You will work on several small panels using flotsam and found objects along with oil paint and cold wax. Learn how this slow-drying medium creates texture and allows you to adhere small, light objects to the painting surface. Class topics include content, composition, contrast, mark-making, color and texture. You will leave with at least four completed works and several others started.
From a Reader...
I really appreciate you as a teacher as well as an artist. I've had lots of workshops with many different people - some of them quite famous. But you have been the best at actually teaching as opposed to demonstrating or having students copy exactly what you are doing."
“Ruth has so much to offer in many different aspects of creating artwork. She is approachable and respectful. She ranks well among the other excellent classes I have taken. Ruth is decisive and thoughtful with her answers. Her ability to be personal and honest yet gentle are commendable. The class was worth my time and money and I have come away with many ideas, both theoretical and practical to work with.”
My sense is that I’ve made progress in several areas:
Starting paintings with intention about what I want to say and consideration about how to implement it.
Experimenting with design principles as well as materials and methods (composition, color, line, value, glazing, ProCreate).
Moving toward abstraction (reducing information, suggesting, sometimes leaving interpretation to the viewer).
Quieting my internal critic, especially at the early stages of a painting.
Turning “missteps” into opportunities.
Being more willing to take risks.
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Ideas arrive with silence oftentimes. My most recent epiphany came at the most inopportune moment. When I rolled over for the 5th time at 2 a.m.; I would have preferred to fall back asleep if given the choice. But instead, I ran down a thought detour and connected two...
Unlike other art forms such as music, dance, and theatre, the visual arts are a gift that artists give to the community for free. People can walk into galleries without paying and experience original art.
If you get lost, what do you do? When we are kids we learn to stand still and wait for someone to find us. It’s just the opposite in artwork. Those who keep going make progress.
I’m experimenting with a new paper – see my video demo and enter to win!