“I really enjoy Ruth’s workshops. Ruth has a very clear and straightforward teaching style, based on her experience and knowledge of botany and watercolour techniques, and gives good practical guidance and demonstrations. The workshops are relaxed and very friendly, and Ruth encourages cooperation and mutual support.

I feel I have made a lot of progress with observation and drawing skills with her guidance and made some friends too.”

Chris Atkinson

Ruth was born in the North East of England and now lives in East Anglia. She originally studied English at Newcastle University and then trained to become a teacher at Durham University. After a few years in adult and primary education, Ruth decided to return to her first love and pursue a career in natural history painting, illustration and tuition. In 2008 she studied for and received the prestigious Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Chelsea Physic Garden in London.

Since then, Ruth has exhibited throughout East Anglia. Her work is collected worldwide.

Ruth works in watercolour and gouache on paper, wood and vellum. She also creates etchings and works in pen and ink.

In 2010 Ruth began a painting collaboration with harpsichord maker, Alan Gotto. Since then, she has worked on commission to decorate instruments for individual clients across Europe.

Ruth works from her studio in Pakefield and holds botanical painting workshops throughout East Anglia for arts centres and the River Waveney and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts. Some of Ruth’s students have gone on to study for the SBA distance learning diploma with great success.

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Art Awards

Ruth is advisor for The Arts Council Arts Award scheme.

Arts Award offers national qualifications through Trinity College, London, that enable anyone up to the age of 25 to progress into further education and employment. Young people not only gain art form knowledge and understanding, but leadership, creativity and communication skills. The framework is flexible and embraces all interests and abilities.

Ruth can be approached by schools, organisations and parents who wish their children or young people to work towards an award.

For more details visit www.artsaward.org.uk or contact Ruth on 0772 2015847.



2010 Buckenham Gallery, Southwold. Suffolk.
2011 Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh. Suffolk.
2011 RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk.
2012 Peter Pears Galley, Aldeburgh. Suffolk.
2012 Earsham Street Gallery, Bungay. Suffolk.
2013 Buckenham Gallery, Southwold. Suffolk.
2013 Permanent display of work on Tourist Information boards, Pakefield Cliffs, Suffolk.
2014 Ferini Gallery, Pakefield. Suffolk.
2017 Snape Maltings Gallery, Snape. Suffolk IP17 1SP.
11th February – 11th March