PV: Why did you choose this business or line of work?
Ruth Byrd:Practically every glass painter uses opaque paint. Looking for something unusual I chose translucent glass paint, only available from international sources.
PV: What is your primary role or duty in your company?
Ruth Byrd: I’m strictly the artist, leaving all marketing and publicity to my husband.
PV: What sets you apart from your competition?
Ruth Byrd: Twenty years ago I wanted more from traditional watercolor, oil and acrylic paint I’d used for years. Then we visited Moreno, Italy and I fell in love with local stained and blown glass. Since, I’ve attempted to capture innate richness on glass by reverse painting, using stunning translucence. Executive VP of International Corporation said he’d traveled world markets for 40 years and never seen anything unique as my work.
PV: What would you be doing now if it weren’t for your business, taking money out of the equation?
Ruth Byrd: Wishing I was doing what I’m doing.
PV: What do you do for fun?
Ruth Byrd: Previously my husband and I golfed and boated weekly and annually traveled entire US and all except one continent. Now we devote spare time to church activities.
PV: Who or what is most important to you, personally or professionally?
Ruth Byrd: Being sincerely true to myself and those I love.
PV: A little secret about you that would shock those who don’t know you!
Ruth Byrd: Were I to tell, it wouldn’t be secret.
PV: What are your personal and professional mottos?
Ruth Byrd: Do the best with what you have the most, most often.
PV: When you were five, what was your dream to be when you grew up?
Ruth Byrd: To teach, which I did for a short span.
PV: Have you achieved all or most of your dreams thus far?
Ruth Byrd: Who knows, I continually have new, constantly changing dreams.
Ruth’s art interest was first fascinated by color and contour in grade school, then encouraged and enhanced by her talented aunt, a highly-regarded artist. In adulthood she was inspired by top-ranking Japanese artists, vibrant Brazilian jungles and picturesque South Carolina Low Country. After years of successfully using oils, acrylic and watercolor, she experimented extensively reverse-painting glass with stunning translucence, enhancing vivid landscapes and seascapes with innate ambivalence of abstract. Proclaimed Executive VP of international mega-corporation, “I’ve traveled the entire world over 40 years and have never seen anything like her work. Anywhere! Ever!” Work sold worldwide under ruthbyrd creations, 813-286-0727, www.RuthByrdCreations.com