Astrid graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting from Nottingham Polytechnic in 1991, having previously attended Norwich School of Art.


Previous work was of a figurative nature, using oils, acrylics and other drawing media.


Astrid has always had an interest in natural history, in particular birds and animals.  A love of cats has led to her specialising in feline portraiture as well as entering the world of the cat show with success.


Astrid was a founder member of The Society of Feline Artists, formed in September 1994.  She has held posts on the S.O.F.A Committee, including General Secretary since it began.  She was also on its Selection Committee in the Society’s early days.

She exhibited at the National Cat Club Show at Olympia, London, in December 1994, which was the debut exhibition of The Society of Feline Artists.  Since then, she has exhibited at Llewellyn Alexander (Fine Paintings), in Waterloo, London, firstly in September 1996 and for the last 11 years. She will be doing so again for their annual Society of Feline Artists Exhibition in September this year.  They currently hold some of her work.

Other previous exhibitions were with The Society of Feline Artists at Patchings Art Centre in Nottinghamshire in 1997, The Clifton Gallery in Bristol in 1999, and the Best in Show exhibition in Kensington, London, at the Walton Gallery in association with Commissionaportrait.com in 2002.  

In addition to the Llewellyn Alexander exhibition this year, Astrid will also be exhibiting at The Little Picture Gallery in Mousehole, Cornwall, in April this year.

    

Woodmansterne Publications and Elgin Court have published her work as greetings cards.

 

She has been featured in several magazines including The Artist, The Lady and The Leisure Painter.


Many of her works feature Siamese and Devon Rex cats for which she has a particular passion.  Her work is currently executed in acrylic medium on paper.


Astrid accepts commissions for quality cat paintings and portraits.

ASTRID RUDDICK