Ruth Höök Colby
Award winning artist Ruth Höök Colby expresses her vision through the medium of pastel. "Pastel is pure pigment with just enough binder to hold the rich powder together. For me, the combination of soft texture and powerful color, innate to pastel, is one of the most important aspects of the medium ... playing with color makes my heart sing.
"My inspiration is both internal and external resulting in both abstract and realistic work. In the abstract work some paintings evolve from intuitive random drawings and present an idea or thought from a personal inner perspective. Realistically, landscape is the inspiration. Most importantly, creativity compels the artist to evolve, change and explore new avenues of expression.
Her enjoyment and perfection of the pastel medium has won acclaim with numerous awards nationally and internationally, including winning two awards in the 2010 Richeson 75 Landscape, Seascape and Architectural competition. She holds signature membership with the Degas Pastel Society and the Southeastern Pastel Society. She is included in the book "Best of America, Pastel Artists and Artisans 2007" and was one of 10 finalists internationally selected in a landscape competition sponsored by Pastel Artist International magazine. (Sept./Oct. 2002 edition)
In addition to studies at the Ringling College of Art and Design and State College of Florida, Ms. Colby has participated in numerous workshops with nationally recognized artists such as Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Susan Ogilvie, Alan Flattman, Sally Strand, Katherine Chang Liu, and Alex Powers.
Her work is in the permanent collection of the Belk Library at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, as well as private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
In 2015 Ms. Colby was invited by the Fine Art Society of Sarasota to participate in their annual Creators and Collectors Tour
Ms. Colby is represented by the Collectors Gallery & Framery in Venice, FL.