Ruth McGurk has been painting for the last two decades and divides her time between Dalkey and Ballyconneely. Born to a large family in Blackrock, Ruth comes from a long line of creative professionals, on both her mother’s and father’s side. As a child, she was greatly inspired by the drawing desk of her grandfather, Charles E. Kelly, one of the founders and cartoonists of the satirical magazine, Dublin Opinion.

With a preference for oils and acrylics, she strives to capture a realistic interpretation of her subjects, emphasizing the interplay of light, texture, and colour. Well-known for her intricate still-life pieces, she is currently engrossed in a series of seascapes jointly influenced by the powerful waves of Connemara’s coast and Killiney Beach in Dublin. Ruth has exhibited in galleries across Dublin and Wicklow, as well as showcasing her work as part of Kinsale Arts Weekend and Clifden Arts Festival.