Ruth McCabe

Saltmarsh creek. Acrylic ink on paper.
Quiet lane. Acrylic inks on paper.
Saltmarsh pool. Mixed media, unframed.
Saltmarsh pool. Mixed media, unframed.
Unfurling energies. Acrylic on board.
Unfurling energies. Acrylic on board

Some of Ruth’s submissions for this year’s show.

I live in Wenhaston, Becker’s landscape of the Blyth Valley in East Suffolk. His confident, swiftly executed mark making challenges me to avoid being careful, to let my eye and hand follow the subject’s form without overworking it, to accept ‘mistakes’- those lines which aren’t quite where they ‘should’ be! They add movement and vigour. ‘Quiet lane’ is one of a series based on my morning walks down Bartholomew’s Lane in all weathers. Its a walk which always calms my mind.

A first degree in Botany and Zoology trained me to look very carefully at the form and structure of living things, and intensified my awe of the wondrous complexities that surround us, an appreciation which I hope is expressed in my paintings. Since late 2017 I have been studying Suffolk’s coastal saltmarshes, sketching examples of sites where the marsh is at risk from tidal flow, and marshes where sensible interventions have helped saltmarsh plants to re-establish. Saltmarsh helps reduce the impact of high tides, channelling the water into creeks and gullies. They are dynamic intertidal habitats teeming with life and excellent places to capture the feeling of wild landscapes.