Ruth Donikowski

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Ruth Donikowski
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Ruth loves nature and opera, which inspire her creativity and help to influence her art. She credits research as playing a major role in her work every day. 

Hometown and school: I was born in Paterson, NJ, and grew up in Fair Lawn. I studied at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. I majored in art and minored in art education.

Inspiration: Nature…particularly the ocean. Also, shopping at antique malls, visiting museums and going to the opera.

Best advice: I remember hearing or reading somewhere that “time becomes meaningless in the face of creativity.”

Happy place (when I’m beng creative): I usually like it very quiet when I am working. When I do listen to music, I love a good opera—Mozart or Puccini usually. My process is simple: research, research, research…think, think, think…then create!

Favorite work of art (so far): Although I was not an official Keepsake Artist at the time, I was a Hallmark artist when I created Threadbear. This was an ornament that I made during a bear-making workshop with Jeff Wilson.

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Cupcake mini ornament

When I’m not working: I like to spend time with my two wonderful sons and their families. My oldest is in the home remodeling business and is wonderful when it comes to projects around my home. My youngest is a fabulous chef and makes the best crab cakes in town! And I have two grandsons who are growing up way too fast.

For fun I have season tickets to the opera…and I love to find new restaurants to try and taking long walks. But my favorite thing is to be near the ocean.

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