Shyama Ruffell has always loved tropical leaf shapes, most especially those of ferns, palms and cacti.
Shyma says of her inspiration for the works on display at this show that "tropical leaves are unashamedly bold and exotic. Linear and sharp from California to Cornwall like green fireworks they punctuate the sky and evoke memories from holidays of old. They recall images of over-exposed polaroid snaps, olive oil, garlic, cotton towels and sandy sandals. Then in the deep in shadows there are the softer lush rippling ferns that flow out from the cool shade like green streams, or in feather like plumes."
Shyama works from her garden studio: her own urban jungle inspires her with its eclectic, uncultured and ever changing displays. The planting there has little to no rules. It has developed with an eclectic mixture from the tall and tropical to the small and delicate all intertwined along together in true jungle fashion. These shapes, images, forms and colours are captured in Shyama's beautiful works.
Shyama's paintings and drawings are relaxing, natural and calming -- all welcome senssations especially in a super urban environment such as London.