Ruth Shively

Ruth Shively

“I work largely with the figure, concentrating on women. In awe of the strength women behold,  I feel the need to express their character through my work.  I can’t explain how I choose my subjects, I go with my instinct and immediate feelings, drawn to stark, positive/negative space.  I like humor, a bit of mysteriousness and intimate mood, wanting the viewer to make their own interpretation.  I studied drawing and illustration in school but I’m a self taught painter and prefer this medium as I love the spontaneity of the paint and using color to create space.” – R.S.