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Ruth Mann

Some of Ruth's work on display at Unknown Norfolk


Ruth is a mainly self taught artist who became interested in art in 2007 after taking early retirement from the Civil Service

She tried different mediums and after finding soft pastel she was hooked.

Ruth lives in rural Norfolk with her husband John and their Staffie, Milly. Her other interests include gardening, the countryside and travel in Europe.


In 2008/9 Ruth took a Pet Portrait course with the London Art College for which she gained her diploma with distinction. She soon broadened her range of subjects and now creates landscapes, portraits, all sorts of figurative work and the occasional still life.

Ruth has taken workshops with John Patchett, John Shave and Karen Margulis, an eminent American pastel artist. Much of her learning has been through internet forums but she believes the best way to learn and improve is to make art!


Ruth is a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe, an online organisation dedicated to the promotion of soft pastel as a fine art medium. Soft pastel is pure pigment (the same as is used in oil paint and watercolour) made into stick form with a binder such as gum arabic. The jewel like hues retain their vibrant colour for centuries if kept correctly, out of direct sunlight, excessive heat and moisture.

In February 2015 an accident left Ruth with a broken right arm which required a plate and pins to help it heal. Unable to consider not making art Ruth took to working left handed. While gradually more able to use the right hand she is determined to continue working with the left too.