"An idea for a painting comes to me on a mountain or in the garden. But then what I have in mind generally takes a very different form to what was intended. So I try not to plan anything and enjoy the process instead."Ruth Le Roux is a South African artist currently living in Oakland. Her work draws primarily on the theme of nature, where she feels the most at home. Growing up in the mountainous region of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Le Roux would often hike alone as a child. Her work is additionally informed by her interests in graphic design and interior design, as well as her experiences abroad. She has lived in many different countries since childhood, including England, Scotland, Taiwan, and Argentina. Formally untrained, she is a newcomer to the art scene and started painting four years ago when pregnant with her first child. Her multimedia practice includes collage, drawing, and painting.