‘I returned to Art in 2007 having done little since school many years before. Initially I became interested in portraying animals and have since moved on to human portraits, figurative work, landscape and still life. I find that painting many different subjects keeps me from getting in a rut. I soon discovered that soft pastel was my favourite medium so I use it almost exclusively now. My work is grounded in realism yet I try to put my own stamp on the subjects I choose. I am enchanted by colour and light so I try to use both to enhance my chosen subjects.

I live with my husband and dog in a rural area near Norwich in Norfolk, England. The landscape and skies here are certainly inspiring but I paint whatever landscape inspires me on the day. I have hundreds of memories and reference photos from different parts of the UK and Europe to keep me inspired.

In 2009 I became a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe. Currently internet based, the Guild has been created to bring together pastel artists from all over Europe with the aim of raising the profile of pastel art in Europe. I was honoured to become a signature member in 2017.

My work has evolved from simply copying photos to being more creative with reference material. I still use photos as reference but am not constrained by the photo's limitations. I also use my experiences, memory and emotions in creating my art.

 

I regularly exhibit my work in and around Norwich and each year take part in the Norwich and Norfolk Open Studios with some friends. I also sell online through Daily Paintworks. As a result my work now hangs in Australia, the USA, France and Germany, as well as in the UK.

I love a challenge and have been quite successful in online competitions and challenges. Notably I have won the Pastel Guild of Europe's Monthly "Get Dusty" challenge on several occasions. The most exciting successes so far though were being awarded "Outstanding Pastel" in the ‘Boldbrush Painting Competition’, November 2013, for my painting "Dancing Shadows" and again in October 2014 for my portrait "Laughing Eyes". What an accolade! It makes me feel I must be doing something right and I continue to strive to create exceptional pieces with enough impact to be noticed. My main motivation though is not competitions, or even sales, but just to be in my studio working with my pastels, completely absorbed in what I do and having fun too!’

https://www.ruthmannpastelart.com/