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I exaggerate color and shape to express a personal connection with the figures in my work. Some are quirky, some sad, some are happy, some strong, each is unique. By painting semi-abstracted figures, I hope to allow the viewer room to feel a kind of ownership for my people. Each figure I paint represents a part of my personality, a part of my life that I hope viewers connect with their lives.

Subject matter includes images derived from observation, sketches, photos and imagination. My strong emphasis on color and shape unify the works and often become symbolic. My most recent series, “Contented Solitude’ attempts to convey the joy and peace that being alone in the natural environment can inspire. My work often blends a sense of the past with contemporary color and carries a mysterious sense of story.”
I often combine photographic imagery with drawings…

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  • Joined June 11, 2009

Favorite materials

Watercolor, Fabriano Watercolor Paper, Gouache, Watercolor Crayons

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About

I exaggerate color and shape to express a personal connection with the figures in my work. Some are quirky, some sad, some are happy, some strong, each is unique. By painting semi-abstracted figures, I hope to allow the viewer room to feel a kind of ownership for my people. Each figure I paint represents a part of my personality, a part of my life that I hope viewers connect with their lives.

Subject matter includes images derived from observation, sketches, photos and imagination. My strong emphasis on color and shape unify the works and often become symbolic. My most recent series, “Contented Solitude’ attempts to convey the joy and peace that being alone in the natural environment can inspire. My work often blends a sense of the past with contemporary color and carries a mysterious sense of story.”
I often combine photographic imagery with drawings from life and from imagination. By using exaggerated colors, shapes, and lines, I feel that I can evoke personality and mood that, if painted realistically, might seem trite or hackneyed. My work incorporates a variety of water-based media, including watercolor, gouache, collage, watercolor crayons and more.

Watercolor artist Ruth Armitage has received many local and national awards for her colorful, contemporary images of people. Lush color and exaggerated shapes combine with soft edges to evoke a sense of mystery and warmth. Ruth has been elected a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. Her work has received the top award in the Watercolor Society of Oregon's exhibition for transparent watercolor, as well as awards at other national, regional and statewide exhibitions.

Ruth is a Past President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She is a popular instructor and demonstrator for adult classes and groups and has juried several regional exhibitions. She was profiled in Watercolor Magic's "Ones to Watch" in 2000. Her work was featured in 2004 for Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Oregon Art Beat" with KC Cowan. American Artist's Publication Watercolor also featured Ruth's work in their Summer 2005 issue.

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