Jo Ruth


4 new Gannet paintings underway

I've set myself the challenge of painting birds who live and feed around water.  I'm trying to create more movement in my compositions - so I've started with Gannets.

I've watched them at Bempton Cliffs and at Bass Rock where they live in colonies of thousands.  Seeing them feed behind fishing boats is a true spectacle.  They circle around the sky crossing your field of vision in elegant curves and then dive at high speed, squabbling and thrashing around for fish amongst the waves.  These huge birds are mesmerising to watch, glimmering white against the cool greys and greens of the north sea.



Beautiful flowers in a card for every occasion

I've been doing a bit of digital illustration recently - working on some vector artwork for FLORAL CARDS.

You can send a card and it arrives with a perfect posy of flowers. 

What a great way to let someone know you are thinking of them.  

Take a look at their website for more cards...




At Birdfair this year I'm celebrating the waxwing winter of 2016/7 with lots of paintings, prints and cards inspired by these wonderful birds.


FRIDAY to SUNDAY 18th - 20th August 2017

Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland LE15 8BT

The 'wildlife event of the year'.  Promoted by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB this is the place to get up to date with the lastest conservation projects or meet some of the hosts of your favourite nature programmes.

I will be in the arts marquee which is always packed with a wide variety of wildlife artists. I will be also be exhibiting my latest original paintings of 'best loved bird',  some signed limited edition prints and a wide range of greetings cards.  Come along and have a browse.  


I am also running a competiton to win a signed limited edition print of my recent sketches of waxwings.







These delightful, exotic, 'punky' birds have been a real inspiration for me this year.  They are not regular visitors to my neck of the woods here in Birmingham but this year they came in their hundreds, feasting on the abundant berries in parks and gardens. I have created a series of paintings that depict the time waxwings spend on our shores - arriving at the end of autumn on our eastern coasts, enjoying the fruits of a British winter and leaving as our trees and shrubs burst into flower. These and a whole host of cards and prints will be on sale at my next exhibition at Birdfair in Rutland in August.