getting to know our artists

Ruth McDonald

Ruth McDonald – Moon Over South Street -Screen Print

Hello Ruth….

How long have you been an artist and how did your artistic career begin?

I have been an artist for 50 years. My initial degree was as a printed textile designer after a BA at Hornsey College of Art London.

Why do you make art and what themes do you pursue?

I have always been compelled to print and paint and my constant themes are an interest in local woodland landscape and the sea, when illuminated by failing light and the moon, to expose the traces left by past inhabitants.

Turbulent Sea by Ruth McDonald

Who or what have most inspired you?

I have always been inspired by Samuel Palmer and his magical treatment of woodland and the countryside. The seashore has also featured heavily in my work, especially a stormy shore.

Can you describe your first big break?

My first break as a designer was to be commissioned to print t shirts for “Top of the Pops” – subsequently after taking an MA in Fine Art I was invited to become a member of The United Society of Artists and The Society of Women Artists.

Summer Sea by Ruth McDonald

What gives you joy?

Joy to me is walking in woodland in the dark and looking at a full moon.

Are there any achievements of which you feel particularly proud?

Showing my work at Bankside Gallery London on several occasions and a regular slot at The Mall Galleries each year with the Society of Women Artists.

Ruth McDonald at Mall Galleries

How do you like to spend your time when you are not being an artist?

I am a full time artists which doesn’t leave me much time for anything else. I do like to travel and thoroughly enjoy regular trips to Australia.

What is the best piece of advice that you have ever been given regarding your art?

You can’t wait until you are “in the mood” to create – just “get on with it”.

Shoreline by Ruth McDonald

Can you tell me your favourite quote?

My favourite quote is by Laszlo Moholy Nagy – “You have to destroy to create”, I apply this to my so called failures which I tear up and turn into lively collages.

Midsummer Moon by Ruth McDonald

Thank you Ruth. I can see that we share a passion for trees and water, as do many others of the Artspring Gallery artists.

Ruth was interviewed by Caroline Fraser.

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