I am Ruth Catherine Meharg, and I am an artist, a sister, a friend, a reader, a human. My story goes something like this:
For most of my life I have been dissecting things. It probably started in middle school when I suddenly found myself cutting up sentences and separating out verbs and nouns. This would have been a rather inconsequential event in my life had it not been for the few words that my young mind put in the verb category while most of my peers assigned them to the noun group. Words like color, paint and glue were first and foremost action words in my mind.
As I got older I dissected books for book reports, cultures for research papers and art just because I loved to study it. I began to discover that I was not the only person who believed that color was a verb, and I began to see how the action of coloring and the resulting image could influence the world. I decided that it was not enough to simply dissect how others impacted the world; I wanted to be a part of that impact.
And so rather than continuing to dissect I started to build. Slowly I began to take all the pieces I had gleaned over my years of splicing and dicing and created a plan. I decided that if stories and art were both shapers of culture I would combine them and present them to the future of our culture. I would illustrate children’s books.
In pursuit of this dream, I am currently attending the Savannah College of Art and Design and working toward my B.F.A. in Illustration and doing freelance work. My goal is to write and illustrate books that inspire hope, life and love in those who read them. I also want to raise awareness about how a few simple acts can make a difference in the world when ordinary people are encouraged and empowered to take initiative and change the culture they live in.
I love working in a variety of mediums and have used everything from ink and colored pencils to watercolors and oils, but have recently fallen in love with acrylics and collage. I aim to tell a story in everything I create and to add beauty to the world, in whatever degree I can, with my art and my life. I continue to dissect stories, cultures and art and learn everything I can from them. I have never dissected a frog and do not plan to.