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Ruth Shively

Portland, OR

"Contemporary Figurative Painter"
I work largely with the figure, concentrating on women. Fascinated with the strength women behold, I feel the need to express their character through my work. I can't explain how I choose my subjects, I go with my instinct and immediate feelings and drawn to stark, positive/negative space. I like humor, mysteriousness and intimate mood, wanting the viewer to make their own interpretation. I studied drawing and illustration in school but I'm a self taught painter and prefer this medium as I love the spontaneity of the paint and using color to create space.

I grew up in the midwest but longed to see the bigger world. I have lived in Paris, New York, Minneapolis and currently Portland, Oregon, I look forward finding the next place in this world to live and explore.
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