A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Ruth has been teaching and exhibiting since 1990. She was awarded an Artist in Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in NY, was published in Catapult Art Magazine, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum. Most recently she was a featured sketch artist on the Dead Files TV program, and a special guest artist at See Jane Do. These days, Ruth primarily works in charcoal on paper, and acrylic on canvas. Her current work confronts traditional belief systems and their perspectives.


Ruth was born in 1965, the third generation of her family born in Venice Beach, California. Her mother Renee was a seamstress and her father Eddie was a Merchant Marine and a fix-it guy wherever he could get work. The last of five children, she was raised as an only child into a quite eclectic and interesting family dynamic, moving around and living like gypsy. Ruth’s mother could not read or write and did not drive a car, while her father was also a poorly educated man who enjoyed reading poetry and was part of the beatnik generation in Venice. After graduating from The San Francisco Art Institute in 1990, Ruth worked in the film industry as a Set Decorator and assistant to several notable art directors, while continuing to paint and exhibit. Currently she is married, and living in Northern California with her daughter and husband, where she teaches art and is a full-time artist. 

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