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Ruth creates finely worked graphite drawings, many of them reminiscent of etchings and illustrations. She enjoys zooming in to what she sees as the exquisite detail in myriad subjects from nature. She loves to explore the minutiae of shapes and contours, textures, and tonal ranges in those subjects, highlighting the striking qualities of dark pitched against light. Sometimes the material is rendered in her own stylised way, resulting in strong elements of pattern and design.
Ruth studied art and design for a B. Ed (Hons) at Wall Hall College, Hertfordshire in the 1970s, specialising in drawing and painting. During the 1980s she had a number of teaching jobs in the London area, always using art widely in her teaching.
In the early 1990s Ruth gained an MA in Art History of the Modern Period from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. She taught History of Art during the 1990s, running a variety of courses for Artscope and at adult learning centres in Kent. More recently, Ruth has returned to her distinctive and intricate style of drawing that she first developed back in the 1970s.