A Seattle native, Ruth Waters graduated from Stanford University in 1955 and started working in hardwoods in 1957 (her mediums now include hardwoods, bronze, marble, constructed room-size sculpture, and painting). She has exhibited extensively in Northern California, Seattle, Michigan, Washington, DC, and New York, as well as in China and Ireland.
Waters is the founder and chair of the Peninsula Museum of Art; founder of the 1870 Art Center in Belmont (1977 – 2012); founder of the Peninsula Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art; and co-founder of the Peninsula Sculptors’ Guild.
As a sculptor, Waters often turns to universal issues of human identity, relationships, and interactions. She carves hardwoods (and sometimes marble) with mallet and chisels, then finishes the sculptures by hand sanding. Finished pieces may be cast in bronze (lost-wax casting); the original is then retired to her personal collection.
As a painter, Waters explores and expresses personal sensations – the feel of hot sun or cold wind on her skin, the delight of a sunrise or sunset – in iridescent pigment, then mounts the paintings so that they curve out from the wall, shimmering and shifting as the light changes.