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About the Artist:

My name is Ruth and I was born and brought up in England but I spent many a childhood holiday in the North East of Scotland as my family had relatives in this lovely area. Later in 1993 I moved to Aberdeen to study childcare and fell in love with the area more and more.  Since then I have lived in Fraserburgh and Drumdelgie near Huntly. In 2003 I moved to the historical town of Huntly, to finally settle in 2007 in a rural location six miles away.

As a child I loved rainy days. My family would always find me busy painting or doing something creative.  Art classes at school were a joy. I loved investigating different media such as pottery, lino printing and Batik, but in those days I was mostly fascinated by abstract art.

Artists who influenced me while I was growing up were: -
Vincent van Gogh
Claude Monet
John Constable
Scottish Artist Annette Stephens from Catterline Kincardinshire (now Aberdeenshire).
Andrew Hewkin M.A
Scottish artists Louise M Hewitt: www.louisemhewitt.co.uk
Howard Butterworth: www.butterworthpainting.co.uk

My enthusiasm for painting re-emerged when living in Fraserburgh in 2001. I had always admired watercolour artists and wanted to learn the technique.  I found a local art class held at the Studio, Fraserburgh -  an introduction to watercolour by the artist Louise Hewitt (now a Master in Fine Arts September 2010). From then, I have carried on painting landscape scenes for family, relatives and friends and I have also provided illustrations for the Huntly Writers anthology “Spirit of the Deveron”.

I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy the passion of painting.

Ruth Bean