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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

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New Workshop! Tide Lines - Cold Wax and Oil with Collage

"Limpet" Cold Wax and Oil on Panel with Found Objects

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.

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"I want you to know how valuable this particular newsletter was to me. The past few months I have been working on some memorial prints. My mother passed away two years ago and I have wanted to express some of my loss, love and memories in a visual way...
After reading your writing about triggers, I decided to try to redefine my challenges, to take a deep breath and lean in to my mother’s presence. I started today. The release and the joy…. along with a few tears was almost immediate. Mom is with me as I explore the mark making... Your contribution lightened my heart and allowed me to move forward."
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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."

Corinne McWilliams

“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.”

Lisa

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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