Ruth Chase lives and works in Northern California. Recently Ruth completed the West of Lincoln Project, a painting series portraying the powerful relationships individuals have with their history. She was awarded a grant to an individual artist, an Artist in Residence at Nevada County Arts for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council, as well as a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in NY, was published in Catapult Art Magazine, Huffington Post, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum. Most recently she was a featured sketch artist on the Dead Files TV program, and had a solo exhibition at Venice Arts. She is graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute.


Ruth was born in 1965, the third generation of her family to grow-up in Venice Beach, California. Her mother Renee was a seamstress and father Eddie was a Merchant Marine and a fix-it guy wherever he could get work. The last of five children, she was raised as an only child into a quite eclectic and interesting family dynamic, moving around and living like a gypsy. Ruth’s mother could not read or write and did not drive a car, while her father was a self educated man who enjoyed reading poetry and was part of the beatnik generation in Venice. After graduating from SFAI in 1990, Ruth worked in the film industry as a Set Decorator and an assistant to several notable art directors, while continuing to paint and exhibit. Currently she is married, and living in Northern California with her daughter and husband, where she is a full-time artist.