My Grandma, Sal, is a beautiful artist. When she was younger she was selected for an art scholarship, but she was unable to attend as there was a polio outbreak. Although the schools were finally allowed to re-open and she would have still been permitted to attend, she had found herself a job in the meantime and was reluctant to give up her wage as she felt she was helping her family. The judge who awarded her the prize was Ruth Tuck.
Ruth Tuck was born in 1914 in Cowell and in the most productive period of her career concentrated on flower paintings, portraits and landscapes. She founded an art school and there is a scholarship which provides funds for artists' further study that is in her name. There is an auction of her watercolours and drawings, this Sunday, at Small and Whitfield in Parkside and I think I am going to have to send someone down to bid for me.
I would like to bid for the cornflowers for Sal or the Sturt Desert Pea as it was my late grandfather's favourite flower and perhaps a pair of the musos for me (the others are all a bit out of my price range, otherwise the flowers overlooking the bluff would be mine). I love the portrait of the wrinkly old man as well - so much character. I am going to check them out tomorrow, so hopefully I can make a better decision in the flesh.