Utilizing intense, saturated coloration, the subject matter of my work is the landscape, albeit abstracted and modern, with a concentration on the corners of the planet that are remote and mesmerizing.
Essential to my work is the use of very good oil paints, which function very much like a fine wine: the colors seem to breathe and have a complexity and a clarity which nothing else can achieve.
My paintings are often square in shape, a format which I love, and framed simply in an high quality Italian black wood. The framing sets off the paintings and allows them to glow.
Prior to launching herself into a full time painting career, Ruth had a career in academia, which she loved. For years she taught film studies at McMaster University in Canada, and upon retirement returned to her long- time love, painting.
During her early work in acrylics she was under the color spell of the European COBRA (Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam) group. They apply very intensely colorful paints thickly, in large flat areas, and abutting right against each other, using almost no neutral colors to tone down the heat. Why did she abandon this influence? Give up acrylics and primary colors?
She shifted her palate when she began her studies with her painting master Patricia Gagic. Under her tutelage Ruth discovered the joys and mysterious beauties of oil thinly applied to canvas. Very good oil paints function much like a very good wine does: the colors seem to breathe and have a complexity and clarity which nothing else can imitate.
The subject matter of Ruth’s paintings is the landscape, which she feels she cannot escape, being a Canadian. Ruth finds extraordinary beauty in distant and remote areas.
“I relate to remote areas and often I paint from photographs that I have taken, for instance the haunting open spaces of Nunavut and the Arctic. They will be with me forever, they are so beautiful.
But I also paint landscapes from other countries, even continents. I had a trip to Kenya in Africa several years ago and I am still painting from photographs which I took at that time. Oh, the landscape is all in terra cotta colors, so astonishing; with one or two lone trees emerging from the land at distant intervals. Very dramatic.
I often look online at photographs of other countries, places like Iceland, which has incredibly lovely small buildings on rocky outcroppings, hanging at the edges of ocean cliffs. Such places are an endless source of inspiration and atmosphere.” Ruth’s paintings are in many collections, both corporate and private, In Europe and North America.