Ruby Eaves was born in western NSW, then moving to Orange to complete her schooling she developed a great love for nature and the beauty of the Australian landscape at a very early age. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Britain which has also greatly influenced her art in appreciating the antiquity of earlier civilizations. The rustic buildings and villages as well as the countryside have challenged Ruby to depict this in her work.
Ruby studied art in her senior years at school then later at Bathurst Teachers’ College (now Charles Sturt University). Since then she has studied art with a number of leading artists developing her skills in all mediums. After moving to Brisbane in 1986 she furthered her professional career in art and became a member of the Watercolour Society of Qld. as well as the Royal Queensland Art Society. She has been a tutor in watercolours at these societies on many occasions.
In her paintings Ruby always seeks to capture the mood, atmosphere and that “fleeting magical moment” of her subject. Her affinity with nature is reflected in subjects from her country and bush landscapes to her seascapes. Her enthusiasm to create and portray the “spirit” of her subjects is also reflected in her European ’scapes. This is something that continually excites her to pursue her love of painting whether it is the Italian coastlines or the rugged beauty of Central Australia. Since moving to Toowoomba in 2008 the beautiful countryside is also very inspirational for many of her paintings.
Throughout her career Ruby has participated in many exhibitions including solo and joint exhibitions as well as being a feature artist on many occasions. She has won many awards for all mediums, winning her first award at Orange Art Festival in 1982 (1st) in watercolour and in recent years has won-
RQAS -August 2010 – First prize in watercolour
Maleny Art Awards, 2011. First and third prizes in watercolour
Her works hang in many public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Many of her paintings have been “acquisitions” by Corporate Businesses as well as Bathurst City Council, Lithgow City Council, Portland Rotary Club and Moreton Shire Council.