Ruth’s venture to be a professional artist began with her classical training starting in 1960. Since 1965 she has been exhibiting her art. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey with a BFA in Art and a BS in Art Education K through 12. During that time she also took classes at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the Cleveland Institute of Art which had the most influence on her artistic approach to creating her art. In 1968 and 1969 she took graduate courses in art at Montclair State and Newark State Universities in New Jersey.

Ruth spent over 15 years exhibiting and creating art while living in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Madagascar, Mexico, Honduras, Paraguay, and Costa Rica. During that time she traveled in many other countries in Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. She saw first hand what happens when ecosystems are threatened.
Because of these experiences, Ruth focused her art to show what would be lost if these ecosystems disappear from our world.