Ruth Duff strides around Eskaton FountainWood Lodge taking part in activities such as planting flowers and vegetables in the community’s garden. Ruth, 101 years old, has a passion for beauty. She completed 300 watercolor and acrylic paintings over the past few months, which feature bright, bold colors.
Barbara “Boie” Smith, shares Ruth’s passion for art, and likes passing it on to others. Ruth and Boie are two of eight artists residing at Eskaton FountainWood Lodge who’ve spent a lifetime honing their craft. Ruth paints with oils, acrylics and watercolors, works in pastels, and does Sumi, a Japanese technique of ink painting. Boie creates beautiful and complex Mandalas in acrylic paint and felt tip pens.
Ruth says she can’t remember when she wasn’t creating art. “I’ve always liked making things look pretty,” she says, explaining her drive to create. “Even when I make my bed, I make it look attractive.” Her talents also include sculpting bronze castings, copper etchings and silk screen.
Boie, a former Humanities and English high school teacher from San Diego County, began a career in art after watching her three-year old daughter draw a bird. Boie became interested in Mandalas and created intricate and calming designs. Later, while teaching ninth grade, she initiated an impromptu Mandala drawing session with her students. After displaying the students’ artwork in a hallway, the art teacher asked her for advice on motivating students to draw. Seventeen other school districts asked Boie to teach the Mandala technique to their students. “It became my life work to teach others,” said Boie. “I found that people, from students to seniors, were helped within by learning this art.”
The two creative women learned much about art and life through the years. Ruth follows the adage, “Do your very best and ignore the rest,” realizing she enjoys creating art the most when she’s not trying to critique it. Boie relates to the motto, “Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring,” as her teachings have touched many.
Ruth and Boie, along with six other outstanding artists, will exhibit their artwork to the public at the Eskaton Art Show and Open House, 8773 Oak Ave., Orangevale, Saturday, June 25, from 2 – 4:30 p.m., in the main lobby. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Click here to learn more about this event.
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