Ruth Ananda  (ruth ahh nahhn da) aka Ruth Wysor Whitefield


Bachelor of Arts the University of Virginia at Charlottesville

Fine Art and History Double Major, Religion Minor


Member by Jury

Triangle Visual Artists Pop-up Gallery

Orange County Artists Guild


Background in Graphic Design and Advertising Print Production in Chapel Hill, Durham, and New York City

Certified by Abundant Heart Yoga School and Thousand Petals Yoga

Former Educator and Hands-on Recycler for Orange County Solid Waste

Owner of Camp Ruthie LLC Pet Care


Ruth is a Chapel Hill native. At U Va she trained in drawing, stained glass, watercolor, oil painting, and printmaking. Now Ruth works in acrylics and gels on canvas and paper.  Having departed from years of realism, Ruth’s current style is semi-abstract, somewhat decorative and full of texture. Paintings often include trees, sky, birds, and leaves.  Illustrations are whimsical imaginative paintings or drawings of a wide range of subjects.


Ruth’s paintings are created in Bird Nest Studio, which she opens to the public during the annual Orange County Artists Guild Tour each November.


Throughout the year, while the paint dries, she takes care of dogs and cats for Camp Ruthie LLC, her boutique pet care business.


Artist Statement:

“Birds in their habitat inspire playful and contemplative paintings.”


Galleries, Shows, and Awards include:

Zola Art and Craft Gallery Durham Year-round

Liquidambar Gallery Pittsboro Year-round

This and That Gift Gallery Carrboro Year-round

Chamber of Commerce Hillsborough Year-round

Wild Bird Center Chapel Hill Year-round

Recycled Reader Elizabeth City Year-round

Triangle Visual Artists (TVA) Various Group Pop up Shows

Click! at Frank Gallery with TVA Group Show

Sounds of Carolina Solo Show Liquidambar Gallery

Vespertine Solo Show

Scattered Light This & That Solo Show

Branching Out Wildbird Solo Show

Bean and Barrel Solo Show

UNC HWC Group Show

Skylight Gallery Group Shows

Frontier RTP Group Shows

Saladelia Group Show

Whitted Group Show

Mad Hatter Bakery and Cafe Group Show

O Co Public Library Carrboro Group Show

Yearning for Spring Solo and Group Shows Terra Nova

Hock Saladelia Group Show

Governor’s Club Realty Group Show

Carrboro Bazaar Group Show

Two for Tea Group Show

Hillsborough Bazaar Group Show

Pause in a Timeless Moment Solo Show UU Sanctuary

An Artistic Conversation Group Show Chapel Hill Art Gallery

Contemplation Solo Show La Residence

The Field and the Knower Solo Show Chapel Hill Art Gallery

Recent Work Caffe Driade

Recent Work Margarets Cantina

River Book Group Show Hillsborough Gallery of Art

Second Friday Featured Artist Johnny’s Cafe Carrboro

OCAG Tour Annual Group Show Hillsborough Gallery of Art

OCAG Tour Annual Group Show Frank

Winner Why PSI Video Contest


Interviews and Press include:

N&O Lifestyles Article

CHN Front Page

WCMO Live Radio

DMH Best Bet


Publications include:

Genetics in Medicine Magazine Covers

River Book Illustration

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