Ruth Vera Withall comes from the ancient royal borough of East Retford on the edge of Sherwood forest. At Goldsmiths’ College of Art, London University, she acquired her artistic training, with a didactic bent, which carried her off to a teaching post in a school in the middle of the steel works in Sheffield. Plenty of smog, and a scene out of one of L. S. Lowry’s painting. Subsequently she returned to Goldsmiths for further qualifications, was lucky enough to study with Constance Howard and took her City and Guild exam in embroidery. Back to the smog of the north again; and finally off to the city of Bologna, where she has lived and worked for many years.

She has participated in shows in England and Italy; and with sensitive use of light, clean colours, a keen eye for decoration, and a sixth sense for what makes a good picture, she expresses herself in any material – wall paintings, oils, water colour, torn paper work, collage, candlewax, glue, wrapping paper, anything that makes a picture.

She works with the group L’Officina Dell'Arte di Bologna, and lives and paints in Via Mascarella 42, Bologna.
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