The Jersey landscape with its coastlines, green countryside and twisting lanes has provided Ruth Pilkington with most of her inspiration in recent years, although memories of her life in South Africa are constant themes in her work since leaving the country in 1960. She has also been inspired by travels to Europe and she has painted prolifically from themes gathered in Greece. The olive trees of Corfu and Crete in particular have led Ruth into using mixed-media and etching, as well as oils.
Ruth works mostly using oil paints, and until recently she always painted in the open air. She has always preferred painting directly onto canvas, using a quick under-painting of a single colour wash to capture the tones of quickly changing light and tidal conditions. She usually completes the painting at home in her studio, using photographs to remind her of various colour changes and sea levels.
1924 Born, Manchester
1949 - 1950 Johannesburg Technical College, Fine Art course (PT)
1962 - 1965 Macclesfield College of Further Education
Joined the W.R.N.S during the War and served for nearly four years in the UK, India and Sri Lanka.
Hon Jersey Society of Artists, Hon. SWA
1971 Finalist, Hunting Group Art Prize
1976 - present ROI annual exhibitions, Mall Galleries
1971, 1976 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts
1972 Salon International des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
1995 - 1997 Royal Society of British Artists, The Mall Galleries
1973 Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, Mall Galleries
1972 The United Society, Mall Galleries
Various exhibitions in Jersey, including several solo shows and group collections.