Artwork for Ruth Kirkby
Hazel leaf in Autumn
My botanical art has been inspired by the fruits and flowers in my garden and in the local hedgerows. My oil painting has largely been inspired by the wonderful Herefordshire/Powys countryside in which I live, and in particular the wonderful light that falls through trees at different times of the year.
Practising art has not only helped me recuperate from a serious illness, but has also provided me with a sense of purpose following my retirement from teaching. It makes me look at the wonderful surroundings in which we live in a new light, and provides me with immense pleasure. Learning new skills and new ways of painting has been a real bonus and given me a sense of purpose.
I am both a botanical artist in watercolour, and a painter of landscape and still life in oils.
I regularly hold workshops in watercolour painting at the Bleddfa Centre, the Mid Wales Art Centre and at Bobby Britnell's studio.
Aberystwyth University Diploma in Botanical Illustration 2010
Art@thelodging Presteigne 2020
Open Studios 2019, 2018
The Workhouse Presteigne 2018
Bleddfa Centre 2019
Aardvark Books 2018