Ruth Shively


Paris, oil and graphite on canvas

If I could, I'd cover an entire wall in my home with Ruth Shively's paintings. I really would. Because I'm completely taken with the way this Portland, Oregon based painter works with color, head over heels in love with her portraits, her figures in landscapes. According to her bio, she's always been fascinated with 'people and the stories their faces tell'. And this fascination, it shows. There's a narrative in her portraiture, a story line in the strokes. It leaves me wanting more.





Motel, oil on linen


Last Day Of Summer, oil on canvas


Bath, oil and graphite on canvas


The Women, oil on canvas


Grandma On The Prairie, oil on wood


Waiting For A Boat Ride, oil on canvas


Girls Of The Congo, oil on wood


Vintage Store, oil on canvas


Tourist, oil on linen


Graumans Chinese Theatre, oil on canvas

To see more of Ruth Shively's work, visit her site and her flickr page. To purchase original paintings and prints, visit her etsy shop.

Contributor post by Hula Seventy.

Jan Halvarson

16 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Love this artist! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

These are beautiful... haunting, but beautiful.

maria madeira | antónio rodrigues said...

Great work!

shetha said...

I totally know that vintage store! Love their lamps. Thanks for the rundown. Ms Shively makes beautiful art :-) Our current fave artist is one Steven Mathews. A little graphic novel-ish in style but really engaging stuff.

lex said...

Wow, I love her work. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Brigitta Ryan {duo} said...

I'm lovin the 'Tourist's' style.

deermayor said...

I love the vintage shop painting ♥

MagicMarkingsArt said...

Her style is really captivating = modern and nostalgic at the same time - so simple yet leaving one wondering what is the story behind the painted image. Thanks for the inspiration and art to share with fellow art lovers.

Jennifer@NicoleJaneHome said...

Wow...love this art. It makes me want to get my paints out again!

jonahliza said...

every one is beautiful (hearts)

pinkbathtub said...

Fantastic work. There's a bit of an Edward Hopper feel to some of them. Off to check out her Etsy shop.

katie said...

totally in love with her work!

kimberj said...

The painting Vintage Store is just so yummy!!!!!!!!

Vivi said...

So beautiful. And so haunting in nature - almost like found photographs. Really neat.

Heather said...

huge ruth shively fan - we have 3 of her paintings!

Kumiko said...

Lovely. Thank you so much for sharing.

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