About the Artist
Ruth Birdt is an English artist living in California. She spent her earliest years living in Europe where her finance career specialized in Asia. These experiences broadened her outlook on life and the varying cultures and religions she encountered.
Birdt started painting seriously in London in 2000, at various community art schools after studying at The Inchbald School of Architecture and Interior Design, before moving to New York in 2008 and attending The Art Students League of NY for 10 years. She is a Life Member. She moved to Santa Barbara, California in 2017, where she became a member of the Santa Barbara Abstract Art Collective.
She studied in NY under Gregg Kreutz, Dan Gheno, Leonid Gervitz, Sharon Sprung and Bob Cenedella -oils, watercolour and drawing and since moving to California, continues her studies with Jill Sattler, Thomas Van Stein, Tom Henderson and John Iwerks.
Her interest lies in abstract expressionism and contemporary realism, where she likes to focus on still lives and landscapes, building in a sense of drama, continual movement and energy to her canvases. She focuses on composition and the interplay of the objects, much like choreography - another interest of hers. Her passion for flowers and space and the sheer diversity they offer, is what drives her to capture their beauty..
She has exhibited at the Art Students League and more recently at the Manhattan Borough President's Office 'Small Works Show' in 2016 and 2017, the NY Annual Benefit for the Homeless, together with the London colleges where she studied. Her works are in collections in Asia, Europe and the USA.