Ruth Hamill

About the Artist

artist Ruth Hamill

Ruth’s studio is in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.   Her work focuses on landscape interpretation through the seasons and she paints in oils and encaustic, often experimenting with the medium to best suit the subject at hand.  After a disciplined approach to the study and practice of traditional oil landscapes and seascapes, Ruth developed a technique using diluted oil paints poured on unprimed canvas to capture the horizon over the sea, and then adapted that process to depict mountain peaks outside her studio  while in residence in Breckenridge, Colorado.  She turned to encaustic for a dynamic treatment of waves.  And she has used a combination of traditional oils, encaustic and experimental oil painting for an ongoing series of Walden Pond in autumn and the trees of New England.  It is important to Ruth that her work is grounded in history and she aims to honor the painters who have gone before and extend their reach forward in both time and innovation.

Ruth’s paintings have been juried into group shows by curators of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, the Rose Art Museum (MA), Jersey City Museum, and the Nassau County Museum of Art (NJ), in addition to group shows from NY to Washington state.

She was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Crane Estate Art Show, Ipswich, MA.

Ruth’s work is represented by Atrium Art Gallery, Charleston SC; Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Gallery 4, Tiverton, RI. Ruth was invited to show work in Provincetown, MA, on Cape Cod at Cortile Gallery for the gallery’s national invitational exhibition and was a guest artist at The Woodstock Gallery, Woodstock, VT, in 2014.

Ruth received a VSC Artist Grant to the Vermont Studio Center and was accepted into residency twice at the Tin Shop in Breckenridge, in 2009 and again in 2010.

Ruth was accepted as an artist member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston in 2014 and is a longstanding member of the Cambridge Art Association (Cambridge, Mass) and the National Association of Women Artists (NYC).  Close to home, she is a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Ruth’s education includes a minor in graphic design, for which she studied in areas that became the underpinnings of her painting practice.  These included drawing courses including technical rendering, calligraphy, color, typography, along with design theory and art history.  Ruth’s major was journalism with a second minor in English. She worked for 15 years in marketing PR, which included managing a large portion of the public relations side of the Milk Mustache campaign for several years.

Ruth lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, with her husband and two children.

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