A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Ruthie Windsor-Mann lived and painted in Linville, North Carolina for a number of years before moving to Washington, Virginia in 2010. Ruthie has traveled and painted in many countries throughout the world, and before moving to Rappahannock County, VA, her favorite subjects to paint were European buildings. More recently, she has become enamored of the nature surrounding her studio in the middle of a hayfield. She is inspired to paint anything if the light is intriguing. She works primarily in oils, watercolors, and pen & ink. In the past, she has worked in intaglio and with egg tempera on icons.
Having received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee, Ruthie has been a professional artist/painter since 1970 with work in many public and private collections throughout the world. Her past and present juried signature memberships include the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society, Tennessee Watercolor Society, and Southern Watercolor Society. One year she was the only artist in the nation to have all 3 submitted paintings chosen for exhibition in the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. She has received many individual awards in juried exhibitions throughout the United States and has participated in numerous one-woman and group shows. She was a guest artist at the 1982 World's Fair.
With no desire to teach painting, instead, she maintains an interactive Q&A series about the process of creating paintings on her blog, Celebrating the Process of Creating. Painting is Ruthie's primary focus.
Some quotations from jurors and critics:
"One of the most outstanding artists ever produced in the area."
"Exceptionally strong technique; effective; decisive; good source of color and light."
"Marvelous use of light and shadow, and a delicate blend of real and dreamlike qualities."
"Has a strong sense of lights and darks.-Excellent colorist."