Ruth Copeman Carll

Traveling Muse Studio

Artist Ruth Carll established Traveling Muse Studio as a means for exploring the world around her.  Her long career as a botanist and her love of nature centered her for many years.  However, she always felt like she had an artist inside of her that needed to find its way out.  That way out was a drawing class.  Since then Ruth has explored various types of drawing and painting as well as her colorful, abstract fiber art.

Explore and enjoy!    


Pen and Ink, Graphite, Charcoal

While in a drawing class using standard graphite pencils, the instructor introduced pen and ink as a "just so you've tried it" activity.  I loved it!  The high contrast and true black of the ink spoke to me.  And, as a botanist by trade, the detail and scientific illustration look of the work has a strong appeal to my left brain.  Since then, I have mostly worked with this medium.  Much of my work focuses on sea life.  Pen and ink work is very different from pencil as it is an accumulation of tiny marks - dots and dashes - that create the shapes and shading.  It is time-consuming but also meditative.  I hope you enjoy these works.  I have many others as well so if there is a creature that you are looking for, please reach out.

Images in the Collection "From the Garden"

Sunset Study

$380 / Original


Image is 12x7

Framed in smooth black wood

English Robbins

$525 / Original


Image is 11x14

Framed in antique light gray wood


$495 / Original

Pen and ink, watercolor

Image is 8x8

Snail Shell

$495 / Original

Pen and ink, watercolor

Image is 8x8

Bunny Portrait

$495 / Original

Pen and ink

Image is 8x8




Images in the Collection "Nudes"

Nude 12

$250 / Original

Pastel Pencil

Image is 8x10, framed 

Framed in smooth black wood








Mixed Media Fiber Art

Just as the starkness of pen and ink appeals to me, the freedom and color of my fiber art speaks to right brain my creative side.  I love the color and architecture of these pieces.  


All photographs are available as prints or for use rights. 

 Please use the contact form below to request specific information.

Special Request

Custom string art are the perfect way to incorporate one-of-a-kind artwork that seamlessly coordinates with your decor into your home.  Contact Ruth to learn how to‚Äč select a design and color palette for your personalized art piece.  Please use the contact form below.


Fair and Exhibitions 


May 1 to 28

Thompson Park Creative Arts Center

"Color" exhibit featuring 2 large string art pieces

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Contact Ruth Carll, Traveling Muse Studio at [email protected]