Ruth Gresser (born Stoll, in London, England) received her B.A. in Painting from Birmingham Polytechnic School of Fine Art in 1979, focusing on portraits and still-lifes in oil.
Shortly afterwards, she made her first trip to Israel, originally intended as a 3-month period on a kibbutz, that became a "coming home" both in terms of aliyah (immigration to Israel) and a return to Judaism.
During her stays in Safed, in the Gallilee, and in Jerusalem, while studying Judaism and doing voluntary work, and then later working to support herself, she continued to paint. Inspired by the bright sunlight and shadows of Israel, Ruth turned to landscape, painting outside, in the alleys of Safed and the neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
During this period, she belonged to the Artists' Association in Jerusalem, and took part in their exhibitions and also in group exhibitions in Safed.
In 1987 she married Moshe Gresser, in Jerusalem, and then they moved to America where Ruth and Moshe then planned and prepared for their return as a family to Israel. The seven years in America were dedicated mainly to raising four daughters, but also to painting the beautiful landscape of upstate New York, moving then into watercolour.
In 1994, the family made aliyah to Be'er Sheva, where two sabras were born, a fifth daughter and then a son.
Ruth paints the local scenes in Be'er Sheva in watercolour and oil, and teaches painting from her home. She has participated in group exhibitions in Be'er Sheva and Ashdod, and hopes to show her work in the future in her own exhibitions.
In addition to selling her paintings, Ruth has developed a personalized gift for newborns, young children and Bar- and Bat-Mitzvah occasions, using illustrated Hebrew letters. Recently, Ruth has begun to print scanned sections of her watercolours for use as greeting cards that can also be framed.
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