Ruth Helen Smith is an artist based in Devon where she runs an art residency programme, gallery and teaches. Her paintings are loose abstractions painted en plein air and centre around the nature of existence. Ruth began with an art historical background studying her BA and MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, before training in painting at Heatherley’s. Since then she has been selected for numerous prizes, residencies and exhibitions. One of her most recent projects has been setting up an artist collective called Red Mud Arts, which has been bringing over 100 artists together through several monthly groups, to collaborate, critique and support.