Ruth McMillin began working as a water media artist in the 1990’s, first studying with teacher and artist Dorcas Moulton, then with John Finger, Mira White, Tara Lyons, Jane Fisher and several other SF Bay Area artists and teachers. Her explorations in water media include subjects such as landscapes, seascapes, florals, portraits, still life and abstracts. Many of her works are full of color, and some may be described as expressionistic.
"I spent many hours as a child exploring the land around our house in Morocco. It seemed a fairly barren landscape at first glance, but to someone who was only four feet tall, the hillocks and bushes were quite large enough, and the various plants, animals, insects, and snakes were quite entertaining. I learned to sit quietly at the break of dawn on a hillock to await the dancing baby rabbits (called “kittens”) in the soft grassy spring. Somehow the beauty, wonder and freedom of those early years returned to my life with the discovery of painting, initially in watercolor, then again as I began to experiment with acrylic. Wonder, expectation, joy, excitement, gratefulness, poignancy, deep sadness and an abiding interest in exploration are catalysts for my artworks. "