Ruthie is a pictorial story teller, an artist and illustrator. She was born into a creative family; a jumble of artists and crafters, and was brought up with a love for the countryside, faerietales, folklore, poetry, music & art; throughout her younger years whilst at school and college she was forever drawing & sketching & creating.
Since moving to the beautiful wilds of South West Scotland in ‘93, the heather strewn hills and ancient woodland that surround her home have deeply influenced Ruthies work. She has felt the pull of the past from tales of long ago, from a time when we were intrinsically tied to the rhythms of Mother Nature. Her research and paintings are inspired by country ways and olden days and by the myths and legends that surround the Galloway forests, hills and shores.
Each of Ruthie’s paintings have a story to tell and are created to evoke in the viewer a connection to days of old. Her work also prompts us to be mindful of the simple pleasures in life, the little things that make a heart sing ~ the sight of jewel hues on a butterfly wing, the joy of tasting freshly picked blackberries in Autumn, the memory of a childhood moment. Her blog is called “precious things” for as she says “we are surrounded by so many, we just have to take the time to notice”.
Ruthie’s work is decorative, detailed and stylised; she works mostly in watercolour and metallic inks combining inspiration from Mother Nature, folklore, the Celts, old manuscripts and iconic paintings. She produced originals, prints and cards. She is working on a range of Celtic Blessing trees, and a new series of paintings exploring the history and folklore of the region.
Ruthie teaches her ‘HeART Journaling’ workshops in and around Dumfries and Galloway which are all about encouraging creativity, letting go and having fun in the process. Ruthie also set up and runs a sketching group on Facebook called 'Sketch-a-day, encouraging a daily sketching practice with new topics set weekly. The group now has over sixty members and is providing inspiration and encouragement to folk all around the world.