While currently residing in San Diego, Ruth has had a close relationship with art since picking up a brush and canvas while a child in small-town Wisconsin.
Creating has been the only constant in Ruth’s life and an important form of self-expression. While her Bachelors degree is in Vocational Rehabilitation, it was the various art classes that inspired her. She experimented with drawing, design, art metals and weaving. Her art took inspiration from her love of dancing, hiking, backpacking, and nature, imbuing her work with movement, life and a palate as varied as an expansive field of wildflowers gracing the horizon. Ruth is constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques striving to embody in her work the beauty and excitement of the world she sees around and within herself.
Since moving from Madison, Wisconsin to San Diego, California in 2010, Ruth revisited many of the mediums she used in the past, eventually discovering a new love and passion for abstract painting. Combining her years of experience as an artist of many mediums with an abstract style and a large swath of paints and materials, she has been experimenting with layers of contrast. Creating images that dance and play in the viewer’s imagination, her abstract paintings have been described as anything from tranquil and relaxing to thrilling and startling. She embraces her brush as her dance partner, and, with them, swings across the canvas in a chorus of control and spontaneity. While Ruth paints with a goal, she is always excited to stumble into new territory as the materials she experiments with lead her in unexpected directions.