Ruth Heiner was born in a small South Queensland Town of Goomeri, but has lived in North Queensland for most of her life. Her childhood was spent at her parents dairy farm outside Innisfail.
Always interested in drawing, she undertook a commercial course in art when she finished school. Ruth has been painting professionally for approximately 30 years and has earned a reputation as one of Queenslands leading artists. Her paintings have an earthy quality which have commanded the attention of Australians and overseas collectors alike. The distinctive lifestyle and spectacular scenery Australians enjoy everyday is Ms Heiner's favourite subject.
She has had various corporate commissions and is also winner of numerous prizes, including prestigious Castlemain-Perkins "Pubs in Landscape", Charters Towers Goldfields exhibition 1995, first prize in Townsville Art Society, Dynasty Restaurant Award 2004 at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.
Ruth now lives in Townsville and paints full-time in her studio and as with the images of 'the land and its inhabitants' that she has collected in her travels, she is testimony to the old saying, 'you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl' as seen in her work today.