• Image of Ruth

Part-proceeds of the sale of any of my prints on this store will be donated to beyondblue / www.beyondblue.org.au

Original painting: ‘Ruth’. Oil on canvas, 91.5 x 152.5cm

Portrait of Ruth Tarvydas (1947–2014)

I was fortunate to have met Ruth to begin painting her portrait in early 2014.

Ruth was a bold, wildly creative and driven woman; yet instantly giving and unpretentious. Our conversations during the portrait sittings revealed her inner strength and abundant positivity, but also a deep sense of vulnerability and existential questioning. We were both experiencing the loss of loved ones at the time and reflecting on our own purpose or direction as artists and designers. I felt as though we quickly became friends and I was looking forward to getting to know her more in the future, however Ruth tragically died in May 2014.

She never did see this finished painting.

Ruth Tarvydas took Australian fashion to the world with her ‘Tarvydas’ label. Ruth will undoubtedly remain a true icon of Australian fashion and an inspirational figure in terms of her work as a designer, a mentor and a missed friend to many.


Buy a print and support beyondblue.

Prints will be available in late January. You can order one now, or email me and I'll let you know when the prints are ready to go.

In order to raise as much money as possible for beyondblue, this is an open edition of prints. All are signed by the artist, me.

The original painting is for sale too (part proceeds of this will also go to beyondblue.) Please email me if you'd like to purchase the original work.


Prints are on fine-art archival, 300gsm cotton fibre paper. The finished piece will have a white border around the printed image (35-65mm depending on print size); this is included in the quoted paper size. All prints are unframed. Delivered within Australia by standard post, approx 14 days after payment. Maximum postage is (AU$12.95) for one or more prints if delivered to the same address within Australia. The rest of the world is AU$25. Payment is secure through your Paypal account or credit card... don't forget to enter your shipping address in the 'Notes' section during payment.