While driving in the fog for two hours one morning, I noticed the exquisite quality of the light playing on the emerging silhouettes. I focused on developing a sense of how I could translate what I was seeing onto the canvas while wanting to make that fog seem engulfing as well as weightless, seemingly opaque, but not solid. Thus began my fascination with painting the ethereal aspects of nature.
Many artists have an individual style they use to paint each subject. I tend to take my cue from the subject. Whether a painting has more brush work, more palette knife work, more abstraction, or more realism, it all comes from the use of the same colors, the same hand, and the same mind creating a sense of continuity within my work as a whole.
As I develop a painting, my technique adapts organically to how the subject should have the semblance of being three dimensional as opposed to the reality of being only two dimensional. I try to feel at one with what I am seeing. Nothing is forced. Sometimes serendipity occurs when mistakes are made. Sometimes not. In each instance, learning ensues, and that is always an adventure. For me, the joy is in the spontaneity that emanates from the blending of all of these factors.
Artist Biography: Ruthie Windsor-Mann
Artist Web Site: ruthiewindsormann.com/