Ruth McMillin began working as a water media artist in the 1990’s, first studying with teacher and artist Dorcas Moulton, then with John Finger, Mira White, Tara Lyons, Jane Fisher and several other SF Bay Area artists and teachers. Her explorations in water media include subjects such as landscapes, seascapes, florals, portraits, still life and abstracts. Many of her works are full of color, and some are described as expressionistic.
Often, her artwork recalls events from her life. Her son, her pets, her garden and her cooking have all been subjects. In some of her work one can see the influence of the works of Cezanne, F. A. Bischoff, and Sargent. Her love of painting was initialized by early appreciation for the works of Motherwell and Roy DeForest. The artist’s early paintings were done in watercolor, many of which are either privately owned or currently on display in public venues, but McMillin also uses acrylic on canvas and paper. In 2016, curiosity led the artist to explore figurative sculpture, using the incredible medium of clay. Recent works have been exhibited in the Contra Costa area.