Over the past 35 years, Ruby Jackson has created a distinctive body of work in wood, ceramic, pen and ink, polymer clay, oil, acrylic, and gouache. Her imagery typically takes inspiration from natural forms, which she abstracts and explores using original techniques.
Born in Washington, D.C., Ruby was raised in an all-female household in Queens, NY. After completing high school she made her way to Manhattan to pursue dual careers in acting and art. Her early sculpture, a series of carved hydrocal "towers and castles", received widespread exposure in the windows of Tiffany & Co--a long-time showcase for emerging artists, including the young Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns.
After opting for art over acting, Ruby moved to Eastern Long Island, where she earned a degree in art education, survived breast cancer, discovered snorkeling, and took up the flying trapeze. Her current work is a response to the rhythms, forms, and color of tropical, underwater life.