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Thank you for your interest in learning more about me.
I grew up on a farm just outside of
Music was my first love. Growing up, I played piano and sang in choirs. While studying music in Winnipeg, I directed my first children's choir. Since that time, I spent 28 years conducting one choir after another, from children to adults.
For me, music is a way of expressing the visual images that we have in our minds. It is a way of "painting" the sounds of our lives on imaginery canvasses, for all to share and appreciate. For me, it is not so much that I want to express the colour of sound, but rather to re-create the sound of colour: that which makes us all "alive".
Most of my adult life was spent in
Not surprisingly - at least to anyone who has lived there - being in the prairies gifted me with an appreciation of the amazing nature of "sky"! It's alive out there. Each day, it adds its own unmistaking personality to the world beneath it. Sometimes I would drive out of the city, to experience the openness of the waving fields of grain and immense sky, and I would be reminded of "back home" - standing on the shores of Lake Erie or listening to the rustling corn fields whispering whatever secrets they held. I felt awed at the challenge of properly capturing and conveying these moments.
Life's "cycle" has brought me back to my birthplace. I am surrounded, once again, by the many fond memories of my childhood and the warmth and support of family and friends.
It is here that I started painting in 2006. Thankfully, I've experienced the freedom and "magic" of transforming the many beauties around me into paintings. And when people bring their cherished photos to me, I feel humbled and grateful to be brought into the circle of the beauty that others, also, have known.
Since I've been in Ontario, I've ventured into a number of fields, including teaching and court reporting. I've made new friends and lost new friends. Always, always they become a part of my heart. In 2011, I did a painting which I named "Janus" ( http://ruthdriedger.com/image/2011/janus ). Janus is the Roman "god of beginnings". In this world's standards, I suppose I'm not much of a "success". However, each day I'm reminded of beginning again and taking that forward step. As I've told my children many times, that's what counts.
So, no matter how many times we all have to "begin again", my goal is to create beauty and solace to my heart and the hearts of others.