Ruby Pearl is a self-taught artist who uses paint to create worlds that she would like to inhabit. Art has been a constant in Pearl’s life, bringing her peace and balance despite suffering past abuse and homelessness. For Pearl, art is like breathing. “Each stroke of my brush not only validates who I am from the darkness of my childhood, but also celebrates who I’ve become. I’ve finally been loved—loved by myself,” says Pearl.
Pearl lives with post-traumatic stress, bipolar and severe anxiety disorders, which she manages through prescription medications, weekly therapy, a positive attitude and support from friends, fellow artists and staff at Gateway Arts. Gateway Arts is a Vinfen vocational art program that supports artists with psychiatric conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries and behavioral health challenges in Brookline, Massachusetts.
At Gateway Arts, Ruby has found calmness, solitude and recognition for her art. Her work has been widely exhibited and admired in the community and across the world.