Like many Baker Lake artists of her generation, Ruth lived a traditional nomadic lifestyle until the late 1950’s when starvation took hold over the Keewatin River region. Ruth and her family eventually left their home of Black River and relocated to Baker Lake in the early 1970’s. They were one of the last families to move. While devastating, this allowed all seven of her children to go to school and for Ruth to discover her immense talent as an artist.
Ruth turned her penchant for sewing clothing into an income-producing art form. She moved from clothing to wallhangings early in her career. With the support of the newly established government arts and crafts program in Baker Lake, Ruth’s talent flourished. Throughout her long career she has had exhibitions across Canada and her pieces have been featured in countless publications.
Intensely vibrant colours, precise stitching, and beautifully natural aesthetic distinguish Ruth as one of the foremost wallhanging artists today.