Ruth draws on home town for inspiration
AN ILLUSTRATOR from Southport has created a series which takes inspiration from historical buildings in the town.
Ruth Spillane, 32, started drawing Southport’s prominent buildings a few months ago - and has already got an impressive portfolio.
Some of the buildings the former Southport College student has drawn include The Atkinson, a section of Lord Street, Waterstones, the old Southport train station, and the Palace Hotel.
Before she begins her artwork, she researches the history of each building and tries to represent it in its best form, sometimes bringing neglected or derelict buildings “back to life”.
She said: “I have total appreciation for where I live, as I look into my towns history.
“As I walk through the streets of Southport, every building tells a story of its past.
“I’m addicted to drawing its beautiful, old, sometimes neglected buildings, imagining what they were like before when they were full of life.”
The illustrations are hand drawn and can take from six hours to three days to finish, as Ruth likes to interpret them with her own style.
Since she drew The Atkinson, the Lord Street venue has started to sell her prints as they received such positive feedback.
The mum-of-three is also in talks with Waterstones over the possibility of selling her artwork instore.
She added: “I am most proud of my drawing of The Atkinson as it is three different buildings in one.
“There is some fascinating architecture in Southport and I want to bring attention to that.”
Her interest in drawing developed at a young age and her creativity was encouraged by her parents.
Ruth even achieved an A+ in art while she was a student at Greenbank High School.
Since people started to take an interest in her Ruth’s work, she has started to sell prints, which can be bought from £4 to about £70 each.
She has also started accepting commissioned work and taking building requests.
For more information about Ruth’s artwork, or to order a print, visit www. ruthspillaneillustrations. com.
Ruth Spillane began drawing Southport buildings just a few months ago and has already compiled an impressive portfolio