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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

Working with Ruth has been an absolute pleasure from start to finish. Her talent and creativity truly shine through in every aspect of her work. When I approached her for a bespoke welcome card for my business, I had a vision in mind, but Ruth exceeded my expectations.


I provided Ruth with some photographs of my cottage and an idea of the kind of image I had in mind, and allowed her be as creative as she wanted.  She kept me updated throughout the process with draft sketches and giving me the opportunity to make any changes.   


Ruth’s attention to detail in each element of her designs means that she captures the very essence of the subject she is painting. The final illustration was a gorgeous watercolour, which not only serves as a beautiful representation of my business, but also provides my guests with a lovely personal touch when they arrive to begin their holiday on Bute. The fact that Ruth is a local artist is also an added bonus. 

I couldn't be happier with the result.

Alison, Seaview Cottage

The Mount Stuart Trust has worked with Ruth Slater Artist on a variety of bespoke projects in recent years. When commissioning new artwork for our Courtyard Café area, Ruth responded to our ideas and created designs which captured the very essence of our field to fork ethos. Ruth’s passion for the natural landscape and connection to Bute comes through strongly in her art, and we are proud to display these pieces at Mount Stuart.

Louisa Davidson, Mount Stuart House

Working with Ruth is always a pleasure. She goes above and beyond to complete the brief and always surpasses our expectations. We have used her work to expand our Distillery shop and create a captivating range of gifts that our customers love. Ruth’s use of colour really brings the picture to life and makes it standout for marketing and promotion.

Rhona, Isle of Bute Distillery

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