Ruth draws on home town for in­spi­ra­tion

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @chantelle­heeds

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

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