Uses the pseudonym “Rutz” for her cartoon books.
“Comics communicate in ways that the printed word does not. They make the world of ideas about life and society a richer place.” “Comic Books” Ruth Tait – Drawing the Left.
As a child in a diplomatic family her life was nomadic until she landed in London England where she studied art at St. Martin’s School of Art and Camberwell School of Art. She moved to Toronto and the Ontario College of Art where she studied illustration. She moved on to Sheridan College and studied animation. These were followed up by studies at the Toronto School of Art, Ontario College of Art & Design, York University where she graduated with an MA, and finally Ryerson Chang School.
Working roughly in the first decade of the 21st century, she has done commissions for paintings, portraits, landscapes and drawings these works have appeared in many group and solo exhibitions.
From 1997 to 2006 she worked with theatres doing a mural for Ontario School of Ballet and set designs for the Ontario School of Ballet, Amicus Players a Toronto community theatre operating from 1978 to 2017 and Curtain Call Players another Toronto community theatre group.
She has worked as a storyboard artist in the film industry including doing story boards for companies like Xenophile Media, a web designer, and a book designer for print and e books.
She has created cartoon stories like The Bush Garden [about Susan Moodie], published by Xenophile Media, My Origami Motorcycle (Domestic Tragedy Press), Walk (Open Mind Press), Supercilitator (Globe Resources), “Toying With You” and “Wild Horses” (Don’t Touch Me Magazine), and “Highway of the Atom” in Extraction an anthology of cartoon journalism.
She has created and self published Boudicca’s Shield, or under her imprint Talking Pictures: The Abortion Inquest of Dr. Emily Stowe, (a web comic), Visit, TellTale, Soap Opera, and a 300 page sci-fi novel called Outworld. She has illustrated a series of children’s books written by her sister and featuring “Brooklyn Dog”. The series is published by Tait Sisters Press and so far (2020) includes three volumes.
She belongs to the Union Arts Service and in 2019 designed and developed their website.
She moved her base to the Wychwood Barns complex near Cambridge Ontario and continues to work there.
http://www.artbyrt.com/artbyrt_docs/cv.html “Resume.” Accessed 4 July 2020.
http://www.union-art.com/ “UAS Member Bios.” Accessed 15 May 2020.