Ruth has been hooking for 20 years and became a certified teacher of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia in 2011. Ruth also received her accreditation as a McGowan teacher from the Southern School at Ripley, West Virginia in 2018. She is passionate about her art and inspired by the enthusiasm of her students. While Ruth’s focus is the realistic detail, she encourages her students to hook with a wide range of wool and textures allowing the mind to play with abandon, freedom and creativity. She has taught 'Fine Shaded Flowers', 'Portraits' and 'Buildings within a Landscape' at the Nova Scotia Rug Hooking School, in Truro and Halifax, as well as the Newfoundland and Labrador Rug School, and the Ragg Tyme School of Rug Hooking, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. She has also traveled to other communities to give workshops. Currently Ruth is working toward her ‘Fibre Arts Certification with a Specialty in Rug Hooking’ from St. Lawrence College, Brockville, Ontario. Her work, “Girl with a Pearl Earring” was selected for inclusion in Celebration 2007. Recently, Ruth was thrilled to receive the honor of ‘Artist of the Year 2019’ at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America, Hubbards, Nova Scotia.