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A little about me...

I am a contemporary artist creating truly unique art in various media from my purpose built studio on Bute’s west coast.

Taking inspiration from my surroundings and my love of animals, I want my art to capture that most elusive of qualities…the personality, the very essence of my subject. I live and work on Bute with my husband and two children along with our collection of animals. 

Inspired by my surroundings, my artwork captures the gorgeous nature of animals and the natural world. Illustrating is also a large part of my work and I love working with clients to bring their vision to life.

I was very lucky to sit and draw on the beach with Darcey Bussell you can watch a short film of it here

There's a story behind each and every piece of art I create, often documented on my social accounts

My online shop is stocked with prints, gifts and very special original artwork.


For commissions and illustration work, please get in touch.

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Ruth Slater Artist in the studio

Trained at Edinburgh College of Art, I graduated with an honours degree in Sculpture in 1997. I also trained and worked a secondary school art teacher until 2015.

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Clients I've worked with... 


Ruth has worked on numerous commissions for us including a wonderful illustrated map of the grounds of Kames, illustrations of native flora and fauna and even some mythical fairies & dragons. Ruth creates beautiful, detailed work and has an incredible gift of bringing her subjects to life on the page. We look forward to working with Ruth in future and would highly recommend her to future clients.


Nicole, for Kames Castle Cottages

I have worked with Ruth on a wide range of collaborative projects over the past 15 years. Whether she is designing and delivering children’s art workshops, or creating arresting images for a range of different purposes, Ruth works in a way which is thoughtful, engaging and imaginative. The process is as important as the product, and with Ruth, you can guarantee that both will be of the highest quality.


I first worked with Ruth when I commissioned wirework drawings from her for my wedding stationery range. These continue to be my most popular wedding designs. I have since worked with her on numerous design projects. She is the person I go to for any illustration work I am involved in, not only for her incredible talent as an artist/illustrator, but because her professionalism is second to none; she is approachable, takes time to understand the brief, and always delivers exactly what you ask for to your timescale.

AniMac Design

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