Abstraction in Watercolor with Ruth Armitage
“I work in watercolor, acrylic and oil mixed with cold wax, but viewers often have difficulty telling them apart. Use of strong, saturated color has become my hallmark. My strongest artistic influences have been Bonnard, for his translations of domestic scenes into shimmering kaleidoscopes of color, and Milton Avery, whose quirky shapes were drawn from his family and surroundings.
Most of my paintings begin with drawing a few simple shapes on the page. I add color and detail intuitively as the work progresses. I work from imagination and observation, often combining both in one painting.”
Ruth Armitage 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. She is currently planning a large joint exhibition between the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Ruth’s work has received many local and national awards, including the Loa Ruth Sprung Award in the National Watercolor Society’s 95th Annual Exhibition.
Inclusion in numerous national publications and exhibitions has led to wide-spread recognition for Ruth. You may have seen her work profiled on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Art Beat.” Most recently Acrylic Artist Magazine ran a 10-page feature article in their Spring 2016 issue.
You can find Ruth’s work in Portland at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery, and at Mary Lou Zeek gallery in Salem, Oregon. She is a gifted instructor and has juried several local and state exhibitions. She enjoys sharing the creative process in the classroom and watching lightbulbs come on in her students’ eyes. Read their comments about Ruth’s classes on her ‘Workshops’ page. Ruth and her husband Marc, both fourth generation Oregonians, maintain a small farm and studio in rural Oregon City.