Ruth Kirkby’s diverse job history includes working as a bi-lingual PA, a potter, a modern foreign languages teacher and more lately botanical illustrator. Tutored by Moya Davern, with Aberystwyth University, she has won RHS Silver Medals in 2012 and 2013, and a Gold Medal at RHS Linley Hall for her collection of illustrations of Siberian Iris in 2014. She runs courses in watercolour from time to time on landscape, flowers and fruit painting.
More recently she has changed from watercolour to working in oils, enjoying the painterly qualities of that particular medium in depicting the everchanging seasons around her in the Marches. Largely an auto-didact, she is intrigued by the completely different challenges of painting in oils, particularly the effect one coat of paint has on another.