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."

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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

Nature Science Museum Gallery Raleigh Solo Show

Arts Center Gallery Honoring Fred Good Group Show

Chamber of Commerce Hillsborough Group Show

This & That Scattered Light Solo Show

Wild Bird Store Chapel Hill Birdscapes Solo Show

Frontier RTP Group Shows

Modernist Homes Group Show

Margarets Lane Group Show

Kirby Gallery Roxboro Group Show

Saladelia Group Show

Recycled Reader Elizabeth City Solo Show

Underground with HARC Collective Group Show

Triangle Visual Artists (TVA) Various Group Pop up Shows

Click! at Frank Gallery with TVA Group Show

Vespertine From Matins to Vespers Solo Show

Bean and Barrel Chatham County Solo Show

Sounds of Carolina Solo Show Liquidambar Gallery

UNC HWC Group Show

Skylight Gallery Group Shows

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 Mebane Group Show

Hillsborough Bazaar Group Show

Caffe Driade Solo Show

Margarets Cantina Solo Shows

UU Sanctuary Pause in a Timeless Moment Solo Show

Chapel Hill Art Gallery An Artistic Conversation Group Show

La Residence Contemplation Solo Show

CHAG The Field and the Knower Solo Show

Hillsborough Gallery of Art River Book Group Show

Johnny’s Cafe 2nd Friday Featured Artist Solo Show

HGA OCAG Tour Annual Group Shows

Frank OCAG Tour Annual Group Shows

Winner Why PSI Video Contest


Interviews and Press include:

N&O Lifestyles Article

CHN Front Page

WCMO Live Radio


Discovery Channel's Animal Planet Breed All About It


Publications include:

Genetics in Medicine Magazine Covers

River Book Illustration

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