Ruth’s paintings are concerned with colour, light and surface and their power to evoke feeling and memory. Her work is not an explanation or depiction of the world although work may begin from abstract qualities found there. The paintings are rather distillations of sensation and feeling, experiences of being in the world. Through a dialogue with the painting process, they become a record with their own condensed histories revealed in their surfaces.
Abstract expressionism and minimalism are at the source of Ruth’s practice, her painting is located in contemporary 21st century abstraction, where gesture has become touch and the scale is often intimate, working ‘face to face’ with the viewer.