Ruth qualified as a Graphic Designer, specialising in illustration, at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1986. She then gained a teaching qualification at Manchester University.
Since then she has spent time as an Art teacher working in high schools, Garth Prison and Runshaw, Skelmersdale and Bootle Tertiary Colleges. Ruth ran the successful Art studio, 'Wickerfish' at Cedar Farm Galleries, Mawdesley, Lancashire for 12 years where she taught adults to paint and draw as well as displaying her own paintings to sell. She now shares a studio with her partner Stuart Gray at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh, Cumbria where they work and sell their paintings and clocks.
Even though Ruth paints in a variety of media, she specialises in 'watercolour'. She has always enjoyed doing commissioned artwork and working towards private exhibitions.
Stuart Gray has been an illustrator and graphic designer since leaving college in the early seventies. He has worked in several studios before becoming a lecturer at Wigan School for the Arts in 1994.
He retired from being a lecturer a few years ago and started to work with his partner Ruth Kidd in the successful Wickerfish art studio at Cedar Farm Galleries in Mawdesley, Lancashire teaching adults the basics of drawing and painting. They closed the business in January 2016 and relocated to Sedbergh in Cumbria. He now works at Farfield mill in Sedbergh with Ruth where they have a studio. Stuart works with different media but his specialism is acrylic. He enjoys painting landscapes and still life and he has filled a fair number of sketchbooks over the years!
Following a visit to Cedar Farm where Ruth's youngest daughter, Beth, had made a wicker fish (which can be seen hanging in the studio), a family conversation about the idea of starting an art studio developed. It was Beth's idea that if the art studio became a reality, it should be called the Wickerfish - after her piece of artwork that day.
.......and when it became a reality it naturally had to be called the Wickerfish Art Studio.