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Ruth Hurd

Blink and it’s gone.

Walk too fast and you miss it.  The next time you come by it might be gone or altered beyond recognition.  Loss is inevitable and so I paint to capture and preserve what has captured me.

I began as a realistic watercolor painter of panoramic views alternating with the closely observed  beauty of individual plants, trees, apples, leaves.  Gradually my work became more abstract as I began focusing on patterns and repetition, on the essence of the memory rather than the precise visual representation of it.

Lately, I’ve moved into acrylic, sometimes using it like watercolor (as in Beyond the Pale) and sometimes very thickly on Yupo (as in Pandora, or Dancing). Regardless of the medium, it’s all about feeling and remembering. In some cases, the memory is so overwhelming, I paint to regain some balance in my life (as in my Crossroads paintings).

My work is all about loss and change.  Painting is my way of remembering and paying homage to what is ephemeral, something I may never see again.  Through my watercolors and acrylics, I create stability in my life, capturing and restoring what might otherwise be lost.

Memberships:  Member at Art Students League  (formerly Board Member), 1100 Watercolor Society, Blue Door Art Association.

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