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Ruth was born in County Durham, on the north east coast of England and grew up in Shropshire and Staffordshire. She painted from a young age and then obtained a first class BA degree in Fine Art at De Montford University in 2002.

She now lives in London and paints in her basement studio.

Artist's statement:

"Painting and drawing have been part of my life since I was a child. As a small girl I would accompany my father with my sketchbook, watching as he painted his landscapes plein air. I learned from him how to prime a board for my first work in oil, a painting of daffodils in a milk bottle. I watched my father as he would seat visitors, including my friends, in the dining room and draw their portraits. He drew me as a child and as a teenager, and painted my portrait in his basement studio. I have loved every moment of my journey as an artist. My work is best described as drawing with colour and light. I am totally absorbed by colour and the way it combines with light to create form, to give meaning to the world and to drive our emotions."

Artwork by Ruth Macdonald View All