Ruthie is an artist and Illustrator, living and working in Kirkcudbright, South West Scotland. The heather strewn hills and ancient woodland that surround her home have deeply influenced her work. With camera in hand she explores the countryside capturing details of landscape and wildlife to use for reference in her work.
Inspired to study Scottish folklore and tradition, she discovered much on the brink of being lost and so began to weave narrative elements together in her work to evoke connections to our rich Scottish heritage and to a time when we were intrinsically tied to the rhythms of Mother Nature.
Watercolor, pen and ink are the materials Ruthie is drawn to, though she often continues to explore her themes as 3-dimensional pieces using clay, fabric and fibre.
One of Ruthie’s latest projects was to illustrate the children’s book ‘Nip Nebs’ (Jack Frost). Written in Scots by local author Susi Briggs the book celebrates the lyricism of Scots language. Published in Dec 2017 by Curlytale books and endorsed by the World Burns Federation.