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Ruth Fitton won The ROI Emerging Artist Prize at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Annual Exhibition.
Portrait vignette: a woman with dark hair blowing in a wind, suspended in space.
I love working with this model, and in particular, I love her hair. I wanted to make a painting where her hair was a significant feature; capturing its colours, it's softness and its movement.
As I worked on this painting and experimented with the abstract shape formed by the model's hair in the space, the hair became a character in itself. It seems almost to interact with the model, as she watches it dance in an invisible airflow.
Oil on linen panel; unframed.