Art of Healing Event tickets now available!

I wanted to briefly remind you that tickets went on sale today for the October 20th Art of Healing event in benefit of the Sechelt Hospital Foundation.  As both a participating artist, and a Foundation Director, I am very excited about this event, the first of its kind on the coast.

If you've missed the articles and ads, here's the overview: 36 well-known coast artists have donated works valued from $500 to $5000, and your $500 Collector ticket entitles you to select one of these works in an exciting lottery at the gala event (one ticket per household; admits two).  $50 Supporter tickets enable you to attend the event and bid on seven really exciting experience packages including a trip to Haida Gwai, local art classes, an insiders' guide through New York's design district, and many more. It's shaping up to be THE art event on the coast this year--don't miss it! 

Can't make the event?  $20 raffle tickets for a trip for two to Paris are also available!  With only 1,000 being sold, the odds are very good!

There are only 26 Collector tickets (of 36) left, and 72 Supporter tickets (of 100) after less than one day of sales--so don't delay!  Click here to buy your tickets--at whatever level interest you!

The piece I donated is shown in the previous post, below.  See them all at (scroll down to the image gallery). Which one will you choose when your number is drawn?

I hope you'll join me in supporting high-quality health care on the coast, where the best medicine (and art) is local!


Art of Healing submission

I am privileged to be a Director on the Board of the Sechelt Hospital Foundation, and in that role I am currently chairing the Art of Healing event committee. This event will take place on Saturday October 20th at the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club and the proceeds will support health care for all on the Sunshine Coast.

The gala event will include

  • a 'fixed-price lottery' of 36 works of fine art by well-known coast artists;
  • a live auction of a number of high-quality experiential packages (trips to Haida Gwai, Puerta Vallarta and New York included);
  • a raffle for an expenses-paid trip to Paris for two!

Purchasers of the 'collector' tickets ($500) will have the opportunity to select a work from the 36 on offer.  Here's my submission, a 20 x 30 framed oil.

Interested? Watch this space and your local paper for more details on when and how to buy YOUR ticket to what is shaping up to be the premier art-related event on the Coast this year!

For Rest and Repose ; oil, 20 x 30, framed

For Rest and Repose; oil, 20 x 30, framed

SUMMER BREEZE exhibition opens July 4 through September 27

I am delighted to be sharing the bright open spaces of the Gibsons Public Market all summer with my fellow artist Charmaine Bayntun.  We've decided to hang a collection of works celebrating the relaxed feel, fresh air, and seaside scenes of summer.  Join us on Friday July 6th between 4-7, when we'll both be painting on site during the regular weekly Happy Hour.

Both of us also plan to paint on site on various dates throughout the summer:

Ruth: July 21, August 4, 25 and Sept 8, 22; 10-1 each day

Charmaine: July 13 (12-3); August 10 (12-3); August 25 (10-1); Sept 7 (12-3) and Sept 22 (10-1)

Hope to see you there!

A Gathering of Gulls pastel $550

A Gathering of Gulls pastel $550

Collecting deposits now for 2019 France workshop

I am now collecting deposits ($500 US pp) for my 7-day painting workshop from April 1-7, 2019 in France's gorgeous Lot Valley (just north of Toulouse) at the beautiful Domaine du Haut Baran.  This updated French chateau is run by William and Rosalie Haas, accomplished hosts who will take care of every detail and will transport us to many great painting locations in the area. This location has been the setting for dozens of highly-acclaimed painting workshop experiences with well-recognized artists.  See their website for details about the site (

The fee of $3000 US includes workshop tuition, double occupancy accommodation in luxuriously-appointed rooms, transportation to and from the airport and throughout the week, and most meals, prepared by accomplished chef Rosalie. The spring timing will mean cooler temperatures and fewer tourists, for a unique and enjoyable experience.

The week will be designed to review foundational painting principles and apply them to both studio and plein air painting.  I will be demonstrating in pastel and acrylic, but painters in any medium are welcome.  This session will be suitable for any level, beginner to advanced.

Spaces are limited, so contact me ( to reserve your spot soon!

Ruth painting pastel 1.jpg

Pastel Journal Feature article

The Pastel Journal magazine has been the single most important resource for me as I developed my skills as a pastel artist over the past dozen years. I have every issue since its inception at the kitchen table of pastel artists Maggie Price and Janie Hutchinson, through to its continuing excellence under the steady hand of editor Anne Hevener of F&W Media corporation. I have written a number of articles for the magazine about other pastel artists' work over the years, but it is a great pleasure to announce that the current issue includes an article that features my own work!

I was asked to write a piece for the 'Creative Life' column, tracing my experience of creating the sixty 'Beach Bits' paintings to commemorate my sixtieth birthday in 2016.  Pick up a copy of the April 2018 issue and tun to page 10! The four images they chose to illustrate the piece are some of my enduring favourites from the series.  Hope you enjoy reading the article as much as I did writing it!


Bucket Brigade ; the original painting can be seen in the offices of Dr. Brian Nelson, ophthalmologist, in Sechelt, BC.

Bucket Brigade; the original painting can be seen in the offices of Dr. Brian Nelson, ophthalmologist, in Sechelt, BC.