RUSTON, Sandra

1943 - ?

Sandra Ruston

As Sandra Ann Self, she was born at Tudor Cottage, Beatrice Road, Walton-on-Naze, Essex on 11 January 1943, daughter of Leslie Wilfred Self (25 September 1907-15 December 1985), a baker, and his wife Muriel Gladys née England (22 October 1910-6 November 1984), who married at Tendring, Essex in 1937. Sandra attended Sterndale private school at Frinton-on-sea and, aged 8, she was awarded Honours by The Royal Drawing Society in London and again aged 10 and in 1951 she won the Poster Competition for The Festival of Great Britain. Sandra later attended Pathfields School for Girls and on leaving in 1959 awarded first place at the school for art. She then studied art at Colchester School of Art and later at evening classes at St Martin's School of Art, London. Sandra married at Colchester, Essex in 2003, Nicholas Waine Ruston (1934-2023), and now paints under the name of S. A. Ruston. Whilst at art school Sandra was inspired by botanical paintings and drawings by Richard Chopping and in 2007, she applied to do a distant diploma course with the Society of Botanical Artists in London and obtained a pass with Distinction and is now an Associate Member. A watercolour, drawing artist exhibiting at Westminster Hall, London; Allbox in Spain and local exhibitions in Suffolk and Essex. She has her studio at Bells Corner, Martens Lane, Polstead, Suffolk.

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