I have a Ph.D. in Ecology and taught in the Environmental Studies Department of Emory University for 10 years before starting my business, Lore Ruttan Illustration. During that time I received a certificate in botanical drawing from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, as well as training from the nationally acclaimed Program in Natural Science Illustration at University of California, Santa Cruz. My work has been exhibited at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Telfair Museum, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the Callenwolde Art Center. Although I work in a traditional botanical style that focuses on detail, I like to think my paintings have a contemporary sensibility in their composition and color palette. Many of the items are found by my dog and I on daily walks. Through careful study, each piece becomes an homage to the found item and place.
In addition to my science illustrations and fine art, I also do graphic design and layout using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. I was the layout editor for The Clarion newspaper for one and a half years between September 2011 and January 2013. A link to The Clarion archives can be found in the Links section of this page. More recently, I have been employed as an in house graphic designer and marketing manager for DEX Industries doing everything from technical illustrations of architectural tile to running their social media campaigns. Please see a sample of my work in the Design Section of this site as well as the Link to the DEX website. Finally, I’ve just started doing 2D animations using AfterEffects. I look forward to posting my first efforts soon!