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Behind Every Face, There’s Another Discovery.

Ruth Carbery

Ruth is an artist who brilliantly captures the complexity and energy of her environment

What do you usually follow when you make decisions your head or your heart?

I would love to say I rationally work out the pros and cons of each decision but the reality is that my gut instinct and my heart usually win in!

What is the best start to the day?

I recently started regularly sea swimming this winter, there is definately no better way to start the day! I'd drop the kids to school,  have a quick dip and return to the studio wide awake and buzzing!

What always makes you smile?

A cycle around Slea Head.

Whats your go-to midnight snack?

Peanut butter and banana on toast or anything with chocolate in it!

Have you ever been fired?

Not to date but I'm sure a few ex bosses were tempted!

What 3 habits will improve your life?

To stop procrastinating (would definitely reduce some last minute stress)
To drink more water
To declutter more!

For what in your life do you feel most grateful for?

Family firstly but deciding to come to Dingle to work for a summer all those years ago a close second!

Whats the one thing you have since childhood?

A beautiful patchwork quilt my Granny hand sewed.

If I asked you at 5 what you wanted to be when you grew up what would it be?

I always wanted to be an artist, I never remember anything else interesting me!

Whats the favourite part of your job?

There are two parts I enjoy the most – when I start a canvas, when I draw it out at fill in the block of colours. I love the excitement of starting a new piece, when you can see the finished product in your minds eye, when its all possible! 

In recent years I having been having pop-up exhibitions in Dingle during the weekend of Feile na Bealtaine in May and The Food Festival in October. I love these weekends, seeing my paintings framed and hanging, meeting new people and seeing their reaction as they connect with my work.

What is your favourite artist tool? Is there something you cannot live without in your studio

A cup of tea and my natural light lamp that clips on to my easel.

Do you listen to music while you work?

I listen to everything and anything, music, audible books, podcasts and ‘An saol o dheas’ on the radio.

How long have you been painting and how long did it take to develop your style?

I studied printmaking in college but turned to painting a few years after because you needed less space and equipment! I have been painting for nearly 20 years now and I’m still in the middle of developing my style!

You can visit Ruth in Dingle the next time you stay at Pax House or visit her website at

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