Best known for her self-portraiture and still life studies of insects and flowers, Ruth Dealy has recently undertaken an exploration of landscape. These paintings are studies of the view from Ruth's Providence studio that overlooks Regent Place Park.
Clear in some of the images are the primary and neon colored structures of the playground, simple bars and poles, abstract in their own design. Less clear are the subtle articulations of foliage, shifting tree branches, the outlines of which hover in diffuse atmospheres.
The drawn lines in Ruth's paintings reveal her interest in structure and form; she reduces the trees and plant life of the park to the level of scaffolding, armature. The simplest lines edge out form. These paintings are meditations on ways of seeing and reproducing that seeing not exactly but honestly.