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Ruth is a freelance artist specialising in contemporary figurative work and portraiture. She completed her degree in Fine Art (painting) in UWIC, Cardiff in 2004. She exhibits regularly both in the UK and abroad, including Welsh Artist of the Year (2008 and 2009), Islington Art House, London and in Vermont, USA as part of the Fibre Art Wales group. In London she is represented by Panter and Hall, and in Cardiff she is represented by gallery/ten.

Ruth works from her studio in Cardiff Bay. She has completed numerous portrait commissions including several for Catrin Finch, Royal Harpist to the Prince of Wales. Her experimental approach to painting using unusual materials in place of canvas and unusual substances such as varnish and resin has been a success, resulting in Moving Scenes, a well received solo exhibition in St David’s Hall funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

Ruth is fascinated by the layering of transparent glazes over the surface of a painting, and the interaction of these layers with the painted image underneath and light passing through. She is currently working with a polymer chemist to explore the use of industrial resins as painting mediums for this purpose.

The crossover of art with science is central to Ruth’s practice. In collaboration with an industrial polymer chemist she transformed her studio into a laboratory to explore the artistic potential of industrial materials and scientific processes. She is driven by the search for an unexpected aesthetic, when the functional products of industry and science are relocated into the domestic world of fine-art portraiture.

Ruth’s recent experiments have led to these jewel-like paintings. Pigments react with mineral salts, starches and solvents and separate into their pure colour components; glazes, resins and glues interact with the image underneath, serving to highlight and reveal the painted figure.