On her return to Ireland she taught art and design for 12 years before becoming a full time artist.
Ruthie’s main aim is to create an impression of person or place. Her art reflects the many changing phases of landscape, sea and nature in a mixture of abstract style and realism, with an emphasis on colour. Her distinctive palette knife figures are hazy and deconstructed allowing viewers to evoke their own memories.
Ruthie now splits her time between Dublin and her studio in West Cork where she draws her inspiration from the rugged and unspoilt Bear Peninsula where the Mountains and Hills are often shrouded by a misty veil , influencing her landscapes.
Her paintings are included in various private and corporate collections at home and abroad.