Ruthie Redden

I am an artist, illustrator and teacher. I was born into a creative family; a jumble of artists and crafters, and was brought up with a love for the countryside, faerietales, folklore, poetry, music & art;

Since moving to the beautiful wilds Dumfries and Galloway here in South West Scotland in ‘93; the heather strewn hills and ancient woodland that surround my home have deeply influenced my work

Through my work I explore Scottish folklore, history and tradition, much of it rooted in Galloway’s past, and often on the brink of being lost. I work with these stories to make them accessible through my art.

Through my body of work, I also explore the use of symbology and am fascinated by how it can move us, inspire us, inform us and puzzle us and by how our lives have been enriched by it through art, and the written and spoken word.

As a pictorial storyteller, I use the narrative elements of folklore to evoke a connection to a time when we were intrinsically tied to the rhythms of Mother Nature and to inspire interest in our rich Scottish heritage.

A recent collaboration with local storyteller Susi Briggs, illustrating our very first Children’s picture book called Nip Nebs, began as a way to introduce the Scots language to young children.  Nip Nebs is a tale about Jack Frost sprinkling his magic across the landscape on a winter day.  It makes a perfect introduction to the Scots language for wee ones and is also a lovely read for anyone who loves words. The book has been published by ‘Curlytale Books’ can be purchased from their  website.

I also produce original paintings, prints, cards and sculptures and am happy to take on commissions.

I also teach my ‘HeART Journaling’ workshops in and around Dumfries and Galloway which are all about encouraging creativity, letting go and having fun in the process. I also run a sketching group on Facebook called ‘Sketch-a-day, encouraging a sketching practice with new topics set daily.