My name is Ruthely Escobar (yes Escobar like the Colombian drug guy, not related to him at all). I’m from Puerto Rico (we are a “colony” of the United States, and we are U.S. citizens). I was born here and have lived here my whole life. Puerto Rico is a beautiful tropical island. The colors are bright and hot, but the water is so blue!
You would think I have a lot of things that would inspire me, but I long for the cold winters, the green forests, the wild woodland animals. I know it’s crazy, but that is who I am. I am green nature. I’m also a homeschool mom of two girls, from whom I get a lot of my inspiration. I started painting with watercolors when I was 10 years old.
When I went to university my parents told me that art was a hobby and not a career. So, I decided to be a speech pathologist and I stopped painting. But I never stopped creating art with other materials, because you know even if it sounds cliché, the reality is that you cannot spell heart without art. In my heart, I was an artist and you cannot take that away from me.
I started painting again when my husband decided to study ophthalmology. We were going to need the money, we had two girls about to start school and we could not pay for the schools (in Puerto Rico public schools have a poor education. They are no good and private schools are expensive).
So, I decided to homeschool my girls and start painting very small art so I could put it on a pendant and sell it as jewelry. That is when I was introduced to a new world of art, a modern, digital and international world of art, and I love it.
I use lots of different materials. My watercolor paper is always Canson cold press. I love Sakura materials, Royal & Langnickel watercolors, Winsor & Newton watercolors and gouache, Dr. Ph. Martin’s concentrated watercolors and little windows brilliant resin.
I think I find that every single material I use has its strengths and its weaknesses, so they complement each other very well. You should see the mess I have on my table! I have been talking with other watercolorists, and we have so many things in common.
For example, most of us have cats and yes they will use our paints as a bed, and if we have a glass with some kind of drink, you can be sure that at any moment our brush will go in there instead of the water!
I love nature (creation), especially animals and the changing seasons. I love my girls and their imagination. From these things, I draw my inspiration. My process is nothing fabulous, while my girls study, play or sleep, I paint.
I sit at my dinner table and just think about an animal or the moment I want to paint. I study the animal on the Internet and paint it. Sometimes, I just paint what someone ordered.
I love Instagram and my friends there. This has made me grow and develop my art in ways I never thought possible. And I want to thank all my Instagram artist friends for the encouragement, the support, and the inspiration to keep going and for pushing me to do more!
I want to thank God for the blessing of being able to create and for giving me a glimpse of the way he sees his creation.
Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!