Featured Artist Ruth Armitage

Artist Ruth Armitage paints abstracts focused on personal memories. Filled with color, line and movement, they portray her sense of nostalgia and moving on. Learn more by viewing her website.

 

“Autumn Tilling” Watermedia on Paper, 15” x 22” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Autumn Tilling” Watermedia on Paper, 15” x 22”

 

What happens when you must say goodbye to the family farm? The memories and emotions of this private letting go are the subject of my recent work. My abstract paintings are an attempt to capture those feelings and to portray my own unique perceptions of the land, the house, its history and its meaning in my life.

 

“Effigy” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 30” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Effigy” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 30”

 

My childhood and early adult years were rich with visual beauty. My mother created a stunning environment on a farmer’s budget. Her grit and determination, along with her innate style provided a lush backdrop for so many memories.

 

“Rope Swing” Acrylic on Paper, 15” x 22” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rope Swing” Acrylic on Paper, 15” x 22”

 

But the subject goes beyond storytelling and nostalgia. Painting for me has become a kind of salve for loss. My sense of the place amounts to more than the soil, the landscape, the house or the people. It is some magical concoction of all of them, wrapped in history, secrecy and love.

 

“Night Walk” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 30” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Night Walk” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 30”

 

In the act of painting, I use colors, textures, patterns, lines and shapes that symbolize these thoughts and emotions. My goal is to create something beautiful out of the experience. I want to simultaneously preserve and escape from the past by experiencing the release of creation.

 

 “Jump” Acrylic on Paper, 22” x 30” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Jump” Acrylic on Paper, 22” x 30”

 

I wrap myself in a cocoon of color, a blanket of texture, an embrace of shape. The immersion in the luscious layers and physical presence of the work brings me out of the past, combining it with the present.

 

 “Dust Devils” Oil and Wax on Panel, 48” x 36” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dust Devils” Oil and Wax on Panel, 48” x 36”

 

I begin with a title, a feeling or a specific memory. This loosely held idea guides each decision. Will the work be large or small? Will I paint in watercolor, acrylic or oil? Will it be mostly warm or cool?

 

“Vessel” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 30” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Vessel” Watercolor on Paper, 22” x 30”

 

At this stage I must be vulnerable to emotion and honest in my focus. Often a work demands more than one rendition to arrive at its deepest meaning. I am not simply wandering; rather, I’m focused in my exploration, keeping a destination in mind.

 

“Seismic Shift” Acrylic and Collage on Paper, 30” x 22” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Seismic Shift” Acrylic and Collage on Paper, 30” x 22”

 

Those first choices guide each subsequent decision as I move intuitively through the process. Although the subject matter may not be evident to viewers; for me each shape, gesture or color symbolizes a specific facet of my internal narrative.

 

“Beneath the Surface” Watermedia on Paper, 22” x 30” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Beneath the Surface” Watermedia on Paper, 22” x 30”

 

My favorite titles are those with layers of meaning—for instance, “Beneath the Surface,” references the surface of the soil, the surface of the memory and the surface of my personal appearance.

 

“Artifact” Oil and Wax on Panel, 36” x 48” by artist Ruth Armitage. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Artifact” Oil and Wax on Panel, 36” x 48”

 

The title of another work, “Artifact,” refers to both Native American artifacts found on the farm, and items left behind for the new owners. They will uncover my family’s imprints on the house, the land and on history.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for featuring my work, Carolyn!

  2. Ruth…
    A delight to see such a magnificent grouping of your work! So many of them touch me…especially Night Walk! Such creativity…you inspire me!
    Patrice

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