Ruth Owens was born to a young German woman and a Black serviceman from Georgia in 1959. The nomadic military lifestyle of her childhood was complicated by restrictions to mixed families, and contributed to the formation of her cultural identity. She graduated in 2018 with an MFA from the University of New Orleans after leaving her medical practice of over 25 years. She is presently represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery of New Orleans, and belongs to the artist collectives: A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and “The Front” in New Orleans.