Ruth Keipp (pronounced Kipe) received a Master of Arts in Journalism (visual track) from the University of Iowa. Keipp continued in professional photography as a photo editor for Tulsa Magazine, and as an adjunct photography instructor at the University of Tulsa (OK) and Weber State University (UT), and by continuing to pursue freelance work and her own art. Keipp’s earliest passion for black-and-white film gave way mid-life to experimenting with abstract imagery and color film. She parted with the camera as her primary means of creative expression, and began painting in 2015 to explore abstraction anew. Keipp is a self-taught painter who works with acrylics, encaustic, graphite and other mixed media. She often includes a language in her artwork that relies on mark making, texture, smudgy shapes and lines, color, and negative space to translate the artist’s imagination and sense of discovery. Keipp is originally from Iowa. She recently relocated to Delaware after living in Washington D.C. for over 20 years, following previous years in Utah, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.