Ambassador of the Week: Ruth Armitage

Meet Ruth Armitage, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!

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“Beneath the Surface” (watercolor on paper): This painting began with the title. I tried to paint the multiple ideas that come to my mind with the phrase: from beneath the surface of the soil, to beneath the surface of one’s appearance. I enjoy abstraction because it can mean different things to different viewers.

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.

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“Effigy” (watercolor and gouache on paper): This painting began with a memory of my father. He had a peculiar habit of storing cigarette butts in the cuff of his Levis during periods of fire danger. I tried to paint the feelings associated with losing him to cigarette smoking, and memories of harvest season on the farm.

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.

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“Mist & Moss” : This work was inspired by a trip to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. My husband and I enjoyed exploring the rain forest, and saw many beautiful streams and falls, moss and wildlife. We celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary and when I returned home, I painted this work as a memory of our trip. To me it speaks more truly of what it meant to me than a realistic image would.

You can find Ruth’s work in Portland at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery. 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.

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