Ruth Valerio

025Ruth Valerio, a member of the Oil Painters of America Society with a professional career spanning three decades, has lived and traveled extensively throughout the United States prior to establishing her permanent residence in Santa Fe where she resides with her husband Arnold, and Emma, their beloved terrier.

Growing up in England, surrounded by the lush romantic gardens of the countryside, Ruth blossomed as a young artist with the encouragement of her tutor, poet father and mother, a classical pianist. Along with four years of formal education and training at the University of Alaska she aggressively continued her studies over the years with such prominent artists as Irby Brown, John Poon, Ted Goerschner and Carolyn Anderson. Her thirst for knowledge and intense passion for art influenced her decision to come to Santa Fe where she could paint all year in a stimulating, inspiring, and endlessly beautiful environment. Although she is well known for her landscapes, she is equally at home in figurative and animal genres. Throughout the year collectors and admirers can often find Ruth painting the exquisite landscapes of New Mexico en plein air or demonstrating her skills in one of the galleries that represents her work. Currently, she works in oils and is available for commissioned work.

Of the artists who have had the greatest impact throughout her life are John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Van Gogh and the Russian artist, Nicolai Fechin. Her realistic impressionistic paintings vibrate with flowing light, a jeweled palette and tender emotions.  The ease in which she handles her brush strokes evokes a gentle sense of blithe and at the same time is well planned, confident, full of strength and masterfully executed.

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