Ruth A. Wall 1917-2009
Ruth Wall died peaceably of natural causes on December 14 at the Unith Care Center in Vernal Utah. Ruth was born in Wyoming, moved to Utah as a child. She taught high school until she enlisted in the Army. She was trained to ferry planes and then as a physical therapist. After her Army discharge Ruth used the GI Bill to attend the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) and the Academic Frochot in Paris. Her passions were making art and travel. She also wrote prose and poetry.
Wall was an Abstract Expressionist painter who also loved to draw the figure. In addition, she produced an astonishing body of lithographs which were the subject of a book "Love of the Stone" which accompanied an exhibition at the Art Exchange Gallery in San Francisco in 2007. Wall exhibited but was indifferent to exposure. It was the making of the work which engaged her. The Crocker Museum in Sacramento and the San Jose Museum hold her work. Ruth was a San Franciscan in spirit and soul residing for 55 years in North Beach. Her ashes will be interred in the City in accordance with her wishes.
In her own words: "Art is a way to live and make living more and should be done for enjoyment" "Where is and end? I have to create! Always, ever and far and beyond all doubt I cannot cease from prolific, prodigious, prodigal, prodding, Artistic output. My art!" A special tribute to Mabel Wall, Ruth's sister-in-law, who cared for Ruth when her health declined resulting in her move from her beloved San Francisco to family in Utah.