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Art & Life with Ruth Fields

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruth Fields.

Ruth, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in a small town in North Carolina. Everyone around me was always making, fixing or preparing something needed for our lives. My grandmother made quilts while my great aunt was making lace. Food was being canned or frozen for future consumption. Hands were always busy. These humble beginnings shaped my belief that you could always be creative with whatever materials were around you and that this kind of industry was useful and necessary.

I was thought of as an artistic child. If there was a drawing to be made or a bulletin board to be decorated, I was called upon. This meant that the creative process was an everyday accepted activity and I was fortunate to be one of the participants.

After moving to Boston as an adult, I had the privilege of attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University program where I received a BFA degree. Many years later, I returned to complete an MFA concentrating in drawing, painting and Art History. My studio practice continues to this day.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work is drawing based and abstract in image. I believe that I can connect with my viewer through the power of mark making and color. I choose materials that allow me to have as much direct contact with the paper or canvas support as possible.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I believe that the shared experience of making, looking and participating in art activities of all types whether they be visual, dramatic or movement based can bring people together. Art has the power to bridge differences and distances between people and to promote commonalities among diverse groups. Surely any activity that can bring people together in this fractured world is invaluable.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen during the Fort Point Open Studios held in October of every year at 249 A Street, #55.  I am also pleased to arrange an appointment for viewing work at my studio.  This past year my drawings were exhibited at the St. Botolph Club in Boston and at the Providence Art Club in Rhode Island.  I will give notice on Instagram or Face book about upcoming exhibitions.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 249 A Street #55
    Boston, MA 02210
  • Website:
  • Phone: 617-423-7842 or 617-838-5956
  • Email:
  • Instagram: #ruthfieldsartist
  • Twitter: @FieldsRF

Image Credit:
George Vasquez

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