Ruth Wood

Originally from Killaloe, I have lived in West Clare with my children Eve,Hiram and husband Fergal since 2000. Presently, I divide my time between Limerick and Kilkee. I am a fine art graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design and have been a full time artist since 1999.
I have exhibited my work in both Limerick and Clare and have successfully maintained a loyal clientele for my original artwork. My artistic activities are broad based and multidisciplinary; I utilize my creativity to assist my local communities in a visual context.
Activities I engage in include face painting in the many festivals, art workshops and facilitating the creation of placards for local protests (Save Our Small Schools and Turf Cutters) etc. My cultural activism includes street art; I am interested in using global art practices to celebrate Clare's changing local identity and to highlight the values and individuals in these areas.
Keeping my artistic practice energized is important to me; with this in mind I have returned to education in recent years.( M.A. Hist. of Art,, 2013 and a QQI award training, delivery & evaluation, 2016).These qualifications have assisted my professional development particularly in the area of Creative facilitation.
The Limited edition prints on this website represent the more traditional aspect of my artistic practice.This work is inspired by the subtle changes in the rural landscape of the West Clare peninsula; I aim to capture the poignant beauty of a decaying world as expressed in my barn paintings and also to celebrate new developments in this area, as in the opening up of the Loop Head lighthouse to the public. Stylistically, my present series of paintings are informed by the art produced in France during the latter half of the nineteenth century, a time when artists moved away from academic themes towards the celebration of rural life. My paintings and prints are presently on exhibition in The Kilbaha Gallery, Kilbaha Co. Clare.
I have responded to the financial restraints brought about by the recession by providing artist quality, limited edition prints of my paintings which are priced competitively. All paintings are available as limited edition prints. Prints can be posted. Please click on 'work' in the top right to see paintings/drawings etc.