Set Painting


artwork by Ruth Tait


I began set-painting for the Ontario School of Ballet, as a trade for my daughter's ballet classes. This continued over several productions, even after my daughter quit the ballet classes. I also painted sets for a number of community theatre groups - and this was also a trade: I used the warehouse space as a make-shift painting studio for my own work.


It might seem like a natural extension to move from theatre set-painting into mural work - but in fact the 2 processes can be very different. Mainly, this has to do with the distance of the viewer to the piece. Some murals are further away and so small details become irrelevant and need to be eliminated. Other murals are very close to the viewer. My painting style is generally fairly loose.