Why do I paint? What is the urgency, that sense of creativity that makes me want to interpret all that I see?
My work is based on a narrative, visual language that uses historical imagery, symbols and ancient philosophies to create a story; a legend. I am on a personal journey; one that explores my own sense of culture and identity.
This autobiographical element is based on my relationship with family, friends, nature and my immediate environment. I interpret and express my own personal stories and discover new myths that are hidden and unexplained.
Why do I paint? I want to tell these stories.
Ruth Secunda has been working as a weaver, writer, performance artist, printmaker and painter since 1973. Currently she is working with watercolour and acrylic paint, photography, collage and mixed media. She has developed a style that is dependent on personal stories. She has conducted classes and workshops throughout Canada. She is currently an instructor at the Ottawa School of Art. Her classes have included mask making, writing, painting, collage and mixed media.
This renowned artist is a recipient of numerous provincial and national awards, including the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for her work in literacy.
Her paintings may be seen in various collections throughout Canada.