The Florida Collection

My new paintings are inspired by the past winter -- the first entire winter where I have remained in Florida. I have always lived in New Jersey near the Atlantic Ocean. However, here verdant and exotic plant life, colorful flowers, vines, and blossoming trees, and songbirds prompt me to rethink my prior approach to painting. My new paintings, surprisingly more representational than before, convey this abundance.

Almost without thinking, I bring all these visualizations and observations home with me and, almost subconsciously, they reappear in my painting. When painting, I design the still life and view looking out from my studio window, or outside from my patio. I want to bring the outdoors indoors as it has become my muse and my love. 

My still life paintings juxtapose fruit with flowers, birds and other objects, shapes, and colors. The transition of space moving from still life to landscape to ocean to sky allows me to create a deep space while simultaneously achieving the feeling of tranquility and peace that I desire.

“Blue Jay Morning” by Ruth Formica.  Oil on Canvas 30”X40”

“Little Dancer with Bird and Blood Orange” by Ruth Formica. Oil on canvas 30”X40”

“Still Life with Key Limes” by Ruth Formica. Oil on Canvas 48”X36”

“Fruit and Flowers by the Gulf” by Ruth Formica. Oil on canvas 48”X36”

“Still Life with Sea Grapes” by Ruth Formica. Oil on Canvas 48”X36”

“Lilies and the Dragon” by Ruth Formica. Oil on Canvas 48”X36”

“Still Life with Pool and Finch” by Ruth Formica. Oil on Canvas 30”X40”

“Orchids Grow Outside Here” by Ruth Formica. Oil on Canvas 30”X40”

“Suki’s Garden” by Ruth Formica. Oil on Canvas 30”X40”
 

“Flowers and Garden Faerie” by Ruth Formica. Oil on canvas 36”X48”
 

“Water” by Ruth Formica. Oil on canvas 36”X48”

Previous Work

  "Sea Grapes and Goldfish" by Ruth Formica  Gouache on brown rag paper  painting size18"X12"     SOLD

"Sea Grapes and Goldfish" by Ruth Formica  Gouache on brown rag paper  painting size18"X12"     SOLD