Ruth Francis


I grew up in the Bay of Islands.  My first artistic influence was my High School teacher, Mr Selwyn Wilson, who introduced me to printmaking showing me how to make a plate from bamboo husks, around the same time I attended several painting workshops with Yvonne Rust.

From these two, a love of all artistic possibilities was opened, and I continued my artistic pursuits at the National Art School in Sydney for 3 years majoring in Printmaking.  I then did a post grad year also at the NAs in Lithography.  After that I spent some time travelling the world.

Upon returning to New Zealand I worked as a backdrop Artist  for Opera and theatre in Auckland for several years. I then returned to the Bay of Islands, where on and off I have been involved with various exhibitions.

During this time I also did some pottery at Northtec, and some art studies and a conceptual art paper.  Currently I am tutoring after school art classes for children.

I have not exhibited in a few years and am currently working with hand painted prints and monoprints. I am working on a series which explores these islands we live on and the textural qualities of our environment.  This includes nature as well as some more abstract concepts and pieces.

I enjoy the art of mark-making and where each new mark leads, its possibilities, its definitions and its ambiguities.  I am inspired by nature and all other forms of art and  creative exploration.