Ruth uses images and forms from nature as metaphors to explore the big themes of life; death; relationships & resilience. Her trees branch out in both limb and rooted foundations to get nourishment. Simultaneously struggling and thriving in rocky ground, while providing a home and nutrients for others.
This exhibition started as 'Family Trees' but soon evolved as there became more than trees and more that mattered. The thought that "being born where you were born carries with it certain responsibilities", a quote from Sir Paul McCartney, led Ruth to reflect on family as well as place.
The family we are born into, the family we create, the family we choose, those that we are gifted and the family of man. Sometimes very serious (exploring the feelings around the loss of a child) to expressing the usual delight in nature and light humour, Ruth's paintings in oil, acrylic and mixed media are explosions of colour and heartfelt emotion.
Artisan on Lewis
May 4th – 29th
13 Lewis Street, Mudgee