ruth shively


Wow. If I could do this with charcoal & graphite, I don’t think I’d do much else! These gorgeous drawings are the work of Portland based artist Ruth Shively. I wrote about her paintings in 2011, but just stumbled across these stunning portraits yesterday… I gasped, and then immediately started writing this post! That first piece? With the hair flip? Ah-mazing.

comments (8)

  1. maggie /// 02.10.2015 /// 8:47am

    How do you find all of this amazing art? I guess there are a lot of talented people out there, but everything you post about makes me lust for millions of dollars to spend on independent art. I am also a fan of the hair flip piece.


  2. the jealous curator /// 02.10.2015 /// 8:52am

    so good right?! looooove all the hair flippin’ going on up there! (and yes, i need a lot more money too!) 😉

  3. Frances Marin /// 02.10.2015 /// 8:55am

    Oooh! I haven’t seen her black and white work before. I love the textures and use of eraser. Amazing work!

  4. the jealous curator /// 02.10.2015 /// 8:59am

    i know! i’d never seen her drawings either… felt like striking gold when i found all of them!

  5. Ruth Shively /// 02.10.2015 /// 9:59am

    I’m blushing. Thank you so much for featuring my work and all your nice comments!

  6. Tiffany Knox /// 02.10.2015 /// 11:28am

    Wow. So cool. I love them.

  7. Robin /// 02.11.2015 /// 2:34am

    I absolutely adore Ruth’s work… Each piece is so evocative and full of personality. So inspiring!

  8. Marci /// 02.12.2015 /// 5:01am

    timeless and amazing – An incredibly talented painter with lot’s of soul!