Ruthie is an artist and illustrator 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 life she has always drawn, painted and created.

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 Ruthie's work.

Through her research Ruthie explores the local folklore, history and tradition rooted in Galloway’s past, much of it on the brink of being lost.

As a pictorial storyteller, Ruthie uses the narrative elements of folklore to evoke a connection to a time when we were intrinsically tied to the rhythms of Mother Nature and to inspire interest in the rich heritage of Scotland.

Through her body of work, Ruthie also explores the use of symbology and is fascinated by how it can move us, inspire us, inform us and puzzle us and how our lives have been enriched by it through art, the written and spoken word.

Ruthie works from her studio in the garden, surrounded by Mother Nature and this is where she creates her original paintings, prints, cards and sculptures.

You can connect with Ruthie on facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

or you can follow the link to visit Ruthie's blog here where she shares her life as an artist. Ruthie's blog is called “precious things” for as she says “we are surrounded by so many; we just have to take the time to notice and to be mindful of the simple pleasures in life, the little things that make a heart sing".