I, MARY RUTH BUTTERWORTH, love to work with various types of materials. My current focus is painting with gouache and acrylic paint although from time to time I detour into using cut paper, color pencil, and polymer clay. With my work I like to convey imaginary worlds full of color, fun creatures and interesting characters. I'm inspired by the people I meet and my daily experiences. Everyone has an interesting story to tell and art has always been a way for me to connect with other people.
I grew up in Northern California and have lived in Seattle and Chicago before settling into my forever home of Portland. 

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