Ruth came to Edinburgh to study French, also taking a course in Art History, which sparked her interest in the visual arts. She began producing work as a self taught painter in her late twenties and now also creates sculptures from wood.
This kind of Lily was named Stargazer due to the way the flowers point towards the sky, gazing at the stars. This narrow still life is a stylised depiction of Stargazer Lilies, which means it is depicted in a specific way which is not realistic; this can be seen in the two-dimensional quality of the leaves. The vibrant colours within the Lily flowers contrast to the darker green of the stem, leaves and bottle. Light falls from the right hand side where the transparency of the glass, through which we can see the water and stems, contrasts with the sculptural form of the flowers and leaves. The plain black background is a striking feature, which is used to intensify the vibrant colours of the flowers.