Ruth McCabe

I live in Wenhaston, within 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.

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. Later trainings and journeyings in the field of psychotherapy developed an ability to let things happen, stay with uncertainty and wait until something emerges. This is very much how I paint now, often applying colour and marks to a surface and only later discovering what it is becoming.

In 2018 I developed an attachment to the old black huts along Southwold harbour, loving to walk among all the clutter and form associated with boatyards and the fishing industry. I also found my way back into acrylic and oil media after almost 10 years of concentrating on watercolour. These three images based on this subject matter show my loose handling of different media which I hope follows Becker’s risk taking mark-making.

Black tar and rust. Oil on board.
Black tar and rust. Oil on board.
Boatyard energy. Acrylic on board.
Boatyard energy. Acrylic on board.
Lively patinas in abandoned forms.
Lively patinas in abandoned forms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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