A b o u t   t h e   A r t i s t

Drawing and working with horses was an obsession throughout Ruth Buchanan's childhood and are still the main part of her daily life. Born in London and raised in Northampton, Ruth has been based in Yorkshire since completing her bachelor’s degree. Following a career in Graphic Design & Illustration, and then five years teaching Print Media at 'A' and diploma levels, she has worked as a Professional artist since 2001, producing studies of architecture and human figurative work as well as her paintings of horses from her studio in Yorkshire.


Ruth was promoted to Full Member of The Society of Equestrian Artists in 2016, is a Signature Member of The Institute of Equine Artists, an Organising Team Member of the International Watercolour Society (British isles), and a past committee member of the Association of Animal Artists.

Ruth's work is exhibited at International Horse Events as well as in galleries. Her paintings can be found in corporate collections and in the private collections of notable names in the arts and equestrian spheres both at home and abroad. She has won National and International awards for both painting and drawing.

Ruth was encouraged by her (now sadly missed) mentor, Les Packham, to demonstrate her painting and drawing techniques, and to teach workshops. She has taught internationally as well as in the UK, and writes articles for national and international art magazines. Continued Learning is an important part of her practice, and Ruth has studied with American painters Stanka Kordic (Disrupted Realism portraiture), Thomas Schaller (architecture in watercolour), and Stephen Quilller (colour theory). Her studies continue with Andres Jaroslavsky (Life Drawing and portraiture) and Lesley Humphrey (contemporary equine art). Ruth has an ongoing

co-mentoring partnership with fellow artist Julie Cross.


Ruth undertakes a limited number of commissions per year and writes about art practice and techniques alongside her own painting. Her book Hoof, Hide & Heart, a collection of eleven articles on drawing and painting animals, was originally published as a series of articles in The Artist magazine. The book was launched at Ruth's joint exhibition with co-mentor Julie Cross, Thump of the Tale in 2019.

Images shown under licence agreement. Black & White image © David Carey  •  Colour images © Mike Lester Photography

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