By Melanie Vignovich For The Almanac email@example.com
When people describe artist Ruth Richardson's watercolor paintings, they use phrases like "wonderful" and "amazing" to describe the colors, layers, and depth of the landscapes and billowing flowers that have become signatures of her work.
But they could also be describing Richardson and her life as a woman and an African-American pursuing her talents, education, and career throughout the social changes of the twentieth century.
Richardson's latest work, including a series of abstract watercolors, can currently be seen at an exhibit called "Autumn Lights," presented by South Arts, at the historic Schoolhouse Arts Center, Bethel Park, through Nov. 7. South Arts is a nonprofit organization offering membership and educational opportunities for amateur and professional artists as well as any interested community members.
Born in Washington, D.C., in the 1920s, Richardson showed artistic talent at an early age; she recalls painting a picture when she was five that was chosen to be featured in the lobby of her school. She continued to take art classes throughout high school, experimenting with oils, acrylics, ceramics, and sculpture.
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