Artist Profile  

Ruth Flower

Stonehurst PO Box 475
Lunenburg NS B0J 2C0

Medium: oil, watercolour, acrylic

Subjects: land, town, and seascapes; birds and animals, portraits

Ruth received a B.A. degree from Smith College in Northampton, MA where she majored in English Literature and minored in Art.

When a child she loved to draw and paint. Annual visits to her grandmother who lived outside of Boston provided the opportunity to go with a friend by train to the Boston Museum of Art where they wandered about and she copied pictures and drew from statues. She wanted to be an artist. Her first year at Connecticut College for Women was a great disillusionment. She enrolled in a double load of art courses only to find that representational painting was out of style. However, after a life filled with marriage, children and a multitude of activities the time arrived when she was free to paint.

Studying the paintings of many artists has been an important part of her art education. Workshops with Tony Couch, Tony VanHasselt, Charles Reid, Charles Gruppe, Cluny Maher, Robert Wade and Alvaro Castagnet have been important learning experiences. Her favorite painters are Vermeer, Winslow Homer,and Mary Cassatt.

Ruth has had two one-man gallery shows and been in several group shows, Her paintings were exhibited in the former Moorings Gallery and are presently displayed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Sales & Rentals, the Black Duck Gallery and the Lunenburg Art Gallery. Her paintings hang in private collections in the United States, Holland, Germany, Canada and Australia.

Back Passage, oil

Bob's Barn, oil

End of an Era, acrylic