Ruth's pieces comprise a gilded background of gold leaf upon wood, overlaid with hand-painted detailing. Layers of varnish are then applied, preventing tarnishing and giving the gilding a mellow, 'aged' effect. 

The resulting juxtaposition of scintillating metallic leaf and delicate, colourful imagery is one of opulence and subtle beauty. Unlike a conventional painting, a gilded picture allows light to dance over its surface, gently shifting in mood and brightness throughout the day, and occasionally appearing silhouette-like.