Ruth Hearson completed a BA in Illustration at The University of Central England in Birmingham. Following her First Class award, she was funded by the EBF to continue with her studies to complete a Masters degree. Ruth then worked as a freelance illustrator (mostly in children’s publishing working for publishers such as Heinemann, Little Tiger and Oxford University Press) until her children were born. While taking time out to concentrate on being a mum, Ruth has enjoyed working for a range of Community Arts projects with adults, children and adults with learning disabilities. In recent times, Ruth has returned to illustration.