Boat forms
I learnt to sale in my 20's, and love boats: their roundedness, buoyancy, and the sense of playfulness they trigger in me. They also usually have lovely paintwork whether thats bright blues and reds, or old flaking stuff. And somehow their situation can seem to reflect some aspect of human life... old and abandoned, brand sparkly new and lively...

These 2 paintings are examples of early work (pre-2009) based on sketching in Southwold Harbour (Suffolk, UK). In the first, the ink lines are freely made with a twig, not trying to make them 'like' the sheets of the boats. It gives a nice sense of that great clinking noise made as the breeze disturbs all the rigging. And the dribbles create a watery feel. I think there is also already in this work a sign of the minimalisation of form which has become typical of Ruth's current style.

Boat forms

A small oil on canvas. Having begun the work based on a beautiful abstract glass tile which had no discernable boat shapes in it, over time shapes began to emerge which spoke of the rounded form of boats.

Ruth continues to enjoy finding the forms she will then develop further into the completed painting. This finding is a slow process of discernment over time during which the composition, particularly in oils will continue to change depending on what Ruth is pleased with or dislikes. It resembles the work she did as a psychotherapist, where only slowly by routes which re-visited territories again and again, did the picture take a comprehensible form. To this day Ruth prefers to discover rather than plan and control.