Ruth Kirchmeier came to the Vineyard in 1988. She states it was “the beginning of a new life.” It was then she found her artistic calling with her intricate and distinctive woodcuts. Ruth joyfully describes this painstakingly slow and exacting process of woodcutting, “You have to take away what you don’t want printed and leave what you want to be part of the image.” She carves four surfaces, one for the image, and the others to apply as many as 100 colors. “It’s months of work, and I think, ‘What if this doesn’t work?’ But sometimes I step back and look at what I’ve done and think, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’ve done that.’”
Ruth began her career in New York City. Ruth attended Pratt Institute, one of the leading art schools in the country. After two years at Pratt, she won acceptance to New York’s The Cooper Union, one of the most selective full-scholarship schools in the United States for fine arts, architecture, and engineering.