Ruth’s paintings are about change, capturing a momentary mood, while all else is in flux. Light is a very important element of change. As light moves, it changes the composition which is comprised of colors, shapes and texture, and in turn changes the emotional response to the painting. Colors and textures in rural landscape, especially farmland, make for a very interesting painting. The mood created is what Crotty wants to pass on to the viewer. Handling oil paint and watercolor is as important to Ruth's paintings as observation.
When painting, she is involved with the physicality of the process. Ruth wants the viewer to see the rhythm and direction of her brush stokes, and how they relate to the subject. She wants observer to see the interplay of warm and cool colors on the subject matter. Her goal is to have the use of paint to be as obvious as the scene painted, all to contribute to a mood of specic time and place.
Ruth Crotty, a native of New City, New York, has painted since receiving her first box of oil paints at 10 years old. She continued her interest in art by majoring in painting and received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA in 1969. She has been making Plein Air paintings for the past 10 years while continuing to paint studio pieces. Ruth has painted and shown in upstate New York since 1992. She lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, and belongs to art councils and organizations in Saratoga, Albany, Warren, and Franklin Counties.