Ruth is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society , Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, California Watercolor Association and the Northwest Watercolor Society, and Past President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. The Watercolor Society of Oregon has awarded her its Outstanding Service Award and nominated her as Oregon’s Delegate to the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Ruth’s work has received many local and national awards. In 2004 her work was profiled on Oregon Public Broadcastingâ€™s Oregon Art Beat.
Ruth is represented in Portland by the Attic Gallery, Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery, Mary Lou Zeek gallery in Salem, Oregon and the Riversea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon.
My work celebrates the rural. My current series, Down on the Farm, deals with my connection to the land, specifically the family farm. I paint abstracted aerial views of the fields and forests with an emphasis on color and mark making. Rich, vibrant color tells the stories of my connection to the particular parcel of land where I grew up, embellished by narrative and symbolic pencil and brush marks.
I am inspired by nature and farming, and paint memories of growing up on a farm in rural Oregon with a contemporary, abstract style.
I enjoy using a colorist approach to express my ideas and emotions in Watercolor, Acrylic and Oil with Cold Wax.
Most of my paintings begin with drawing a simple shape on the page. I add color and detail intuitively as the work progresses, working from imagination and observation. Recently I’ve added oil and acrylic paints. These mediums allow me the freedom to glaze and excavate to reveal layers of color, to experiment with texture, and to work on panel and canvas.
Ruth is represented in Portland by the Attic Gallery, Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery, Mary Lou Zeek gallery in Salem, Oregon and the Riversea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon.Website: http://rutharmitage.com
Media: acrylic, oil, watercolor or gouache