Berwick Maine artist Ruth Bleau proves
that it's never too late to find freedom
"I found freedom."
is what Ruth explains very matter-of-fact, as she tells the story of her later start at becoming an artist at 60 years of age.
Her swirling colors and signature-like brush strokes really speak of the freedom she feels in her time spent at an easel.
The empathy she feels so strongly for the wrongs (and rights) in the world come out in these amazing brush strokes that exude the energy, and sometimes anger, that she feels, but she manages to do it with a warm and loving touch always. She keeps the excitement of an young art student while showing her maturity and experience in the colors and layers and choices she makes in her compositions, and in the overall calm nature of her final images.
While visiting Ruth in her studio space and viewing her large stock of work, it's feelings that come in play first... energy, life, empathy, joy, sorrow, family, growth, life, death, love…all emotional responses while viewing her work, even a simple image of a tree or a goose render an emotional response and it becomes a testament to the message of playful freedom and serious undertones that she is sending.
Ruth spent two years in Brazil as a Peace Corp volunteer, she taught dress pattern making and embroidery and partnered with a nurse for a vaccination campaign for polio and TB and she speaks fluent Portuguese. Ruth has been married and divorced and raised two sons and was a letter carrier for the USPS for 20 years. She received her BA in English from UMASS while working two waitressing gigs and was an Aid in a Head Start program. She always loved to draw and took courses at MASS ART, Montserrat and Peabody Essex…but it was the first time she picked up a brush that changed her life forever.
"It was pure freedom. Not at all like a pen or pencil."
written by: Erin Duquette
Ruth Bleau answers the question…
"What is art?"
with the growing art scene
in and around Berwick, Maine
Art, Culture, Unity and Soul