Ruth Bates is an artist belonging to the Ngaanyatjarra language and cultural group and lives in Warakurna, WA.
Ruth was born in the bush in between Patjarr and Wanarn in Western Australia. She grew up near Wiluna then moved to Warburton where she attended school. Ruth then went to high school in Perth before returning to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Ruth now lives in Warakurna Community in WA with her family and makes lovely large baskets and wonderful character-filled sculptures. Ruth enjoys making Tjanpi because it is a nice thing to do for relaxing.