Ruth Brownlee: North : Shetland
New paintings by Ruth Brownlee exploring the visual drama and rugged environment of the Shetland Isles. The islands have been home to Ruth since 1998 which becomes clear in her vivid execution of the landscape, there is a strong balance between an intense knowledge and understanding of the scenery, as well as an openness and acceptance of the ever changing environment and it’s overwhelming control of those who live and own the land. The ability to capture serene moments contrasted with daunting and vast skylines, place her work as some of the most desirable impressions of the Shetland Isles.
Born close to Edinburgh in 1972, Ruth graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1994 with a BA Hons in Drawing and Painting/Tapestry. In 1998 she moved to Shetland to concentrate on her painting which has been acknowledged on many occasions since, including being elected finalist for the Gilchrist- Fisher Memorial Award for Landscape Painters in 2002, Visual Artist award, Hi-Arts Highland and Island Visual Arts in 2003 and the Shetland Arts Development, Visual Arts Grant Award in 2012.