A b o u t t h e A r t i s t
Drawing and working with horses was an obsession throughout Ruth Buchanan's childhood and are still the main part of her daily life. Born in London and raised in Northampton, Ruth has been based in Yorkshire since completing her bachelor’s degree. Following a career in Graphic Design & Illustration, and then five years teaching at 'A' and diploma levels, she has worked as a Professional artist since 2001, producing studies of architecture and human figurative work as well as her paintings of horses.
Ruth works from her studio in Yorkshire. She is a Signature Member of The Institute of Equine Artists, a Panel Member of the International Watercolour Society (England), a committee member of the Association of Animal Artists and was promoted to Full Member of The Society of Equestrian Artists in 2016.
Ruth exhibits at International Horse Events as well as in galleries in London, the rest of the UK and in Europe. Her paintings can be found in corporate collections as well as in the private collections of notable names in the arts and equestrian spheres both at home and abroad. She has won National and International awards for both painting and drawing. Ruth's fascination with the form and dynamics of horses, humans and other animals and how the fall of light translates the everyday and commonplace into the extraordinary are realised in paintings of atmosphere and movement executed in watercolour, charcoal, oils, and mixed media.
In the past few years, Ruth has been encouraged by her (now sadly missed) mentor, Les Packham, to demonstrate her painting and drawing techniques, and to teach workshops. She has taught internationally as well as in the UK, and writes articles for national and international art magazines. Ruth has studied with American painters Thomas Schaller (architecture in watercolour) and Stephen Quilller (colour theory). Her studies continue with Andres Jaroslavsky (Life Drawing and portraiture) and Lesley Humphrey (contemporary equine art). Ruth has an ongoing co-mentoring partnership with fellow artist Julie Cross.
Ruth undertakes a limited number of commissions per year and writes about art alongside her own painting. Her book Hoof, Hide & Heart, is a collection of eleven articles on drawing and painting animals originally published in The Artist magazine. The book will be launched at the preview of Thump of the Tale, her joint exhibition with co-mentor Julie Cross, on 29th September 2019 at the Granary Gallery, Weston Park.
Images shown under licence agreement. Black & White image © David Carey • Colour images © Mike Lester Photography