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I have a passion for watercolours and love to play with colour, exploring the effect of combining pigment and water on the paper. Challenging the traditional view that watercolours are pale and washy, I love vibrant colour used in exciting combinations. I am especially drawn to flowers, their three dimensional forms presenting endless challenges.

Recently I have been focusing more on pale flowers for my “Pale Beauties” exhibition at the Kington Gallery. Whether it’s the softest whisper of primroses, the sunny yellow of daffodils, the pastel shades of hydrangeas or the pure whites of daisies this presents another unique challenge – how to set them off without the surroundings stealing the limelight.

My ambition when I start work on a new piece is to capture much more than a likeness. I would like to evoke feelings and moods for the viewer, catch that special something, the essence of the flower on the paper – a moment in time that can never be repeated.

I have recently had a solo exhibition at the Kington Gallery, Kington, Herefordshire, and my work is in private collections throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

Six of my paintings were chosen for a set of greeting cards, published by Fidget Clubcards in 2010.

I won the SAA Amateur Artist of the Year 2012 for my painting “Cosmic Poppies”.

I have a new calendar of my floral watercolours now available – a perfect Christmas gift!

  • Joined: April 2008

Journal

"Show Off" nominated for SoJie 25!

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 25! / / Show Off / by Ruth S Harris /   /   /    Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… /   / I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 74000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 25. SoJie 25 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 25th on…
Posted 6 months – 9 comments

SOJIE 23 - a great honour!

I was thrilled to be asked by Beatrice Cloake to select the nominations for the Traditional Art category in Solo Exhibition’s 23rd SOJIE. I have had the immense pleasure of being nominated for two previous SOJIE’s, so I know what a wonderful experience it is. Good luck to all the nominees…. you’re all winners already, selected from thousands of images in the Solo gallery.…
Posted 8 months – 22 comments

Two Paintings Selected for Sojie 22!!

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 22! / / Starkissed / by Ruth S Harris /   /   / / Blueberry Fizz / by Ruth S Harris /   /   /    Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… /   / I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 73000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 22. SoJie 22 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’…
Posted 10 months – 35 comments

My Painting "Poppy Trio" has been nominated for SoJie21!

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 21! / / Poppy Trio / by Ruth S Harris /   /   /    Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… /   / I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 73000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 21. SoJie 21 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is the 21st one; …
Posted 11 months – 81 comments