Ruth was born in Leeds to musician parents. Portraiture became an interest in her mid-teens. She pursued portraiture and figurative art privately while also studying for a BA in Music, and on graduating began painting full-time, honing her craft painting volunteers at art shows around Yorkshire.
Ruths work is almost always figurative; it is humanity, facial expression, and body language which sparks her imagination. The people in her paintings reach out with the desire to actively communicate with the viewer. Inspirations include the work of pre-Raphaelite and naturalist painters (Waterhouse, Bastien-LePage, Friant). Their influence is clearly seen in the vivid characterisations and quiet colour harmonies of Ruths work.
Ruths passion for live painting is balanced by a keen curiosity regarding texture, layers, and edges; she constantly seeks the most imaginative ways to make paint replicate the feel and character of what she is seeing. Quick, immersive live studies are generally followed by extensive studio work.
Ruth has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (awarded prizes in 2019 and 2020), with the Art Renewal Center International Salon (awarded a purchase prize in 2020), and with the Society of Women Artists. Ruths paintings hang in private, corporate and public collections across the U.K, Europe and in the U.S.A.