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'They said I used to look like her' Portrait of Gill, Oil on canvas 120cms x120 cms.  Gill was a very glamourous lady and was told she looked like Elizabeth Taylor hence the reading matter.

Ruth Swain at Oxfordshire Artweeks

Ruth Swain paints portraits, figures and still life in oil and watercolour. Also she works in pastel and charcoal, and there are various life drawings, prints and cards for sale
'Alan at work' Pastel on paper. 60cms x 50 cms

"At Oxfordshire Artweeks until 22nd May"

Ruth Swain completed a foundation course in Art and Design at Oxford Polytechnic and then went on to study Graphic Design and Illustration at Bristol Art College where she graduated in 1985.

 

She worked as an Art Director in advertising with several leading agencies in London until 1991 when she began her new career as a professional artist and illustrator.

As an illustrator she has had many of her book covers published. As a fine artist she has had numerous commissions and several successful exhibitions. Her portrait of her grandmother was shown at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters in the Mall Galleries.

Whilst living and working in Hong Kong, Ruth has concentrated on exhibiting her work and building a very successful business in fulfilling commissions for portraits from the UK, Australia, U.S.A and Hong Kong.

'Olivia' oil on canvas 80cms x 60cms

 

Ruth is now based in Oxfordshire, England where she works from her studios in Sutton Courtenay. Please come and see the studio and her work at Oxfordshire Artweeks until 22nd May.

 

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