Osgaig Raasay sketch from Ruth Nicol’s visits to the isle of Skye relates directly to her large scale painting of Skye in the exhibition. The artist’s sketches are full of energy and skill and are certainly works of art in their own right. It’s particularly interesting, as in this case, when one can also view the painting to which a sketch relates.
In the exhibition catalogue, the artist speaks about some of her influences: “Frances Walker and Bet Low would be my role models. Their sheer determination, Bet Low’s beautiful landscapes, her dedication, her getting an education against all the odds, during the Second World War, these things are exemplary. And Frances Walker, just continued in persisting in a medium I don’t understand, printmaking. But it’s the example of their endeavour – that’s what I admire and take seriously.”
Ruth Nicol herself is an extremely dedicated artist. She is Scottish, b. Glasgow and now living and working in Edinburgh. She trained in Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2010. She has won numerous awards and her work is held in private and public collections throughout the UK.
Pencil on paper
Signed lower R
Provenance: artist’s studio
Literature: RUTH NICOL: Three Rivers Meet ; Landmarks [catalogues]