Ruth Dicker

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Ruth Doerschuk Dicker
Ruth Doerschuk

(1919-03-09)March 9, 1919
DiedDecember 2, 2004(2004-12-02) (aged 85)
EducationNew York School of Fine and Applied Art
Alma materCollege of William and Mary
Known forPainting
SpouseRalph Dicker
AwardsAmerican Association of University Women's "Women Artist of the Year."

Ruth Doerschuk Dicker (March 9, 1919 – December 2, 2004) was a California painter of landscapes.

Personal life[edit]

Ruth Doerschuk was born in Niagara Falls, New York, on March 9, 1919. She had a sister named Anne.[1][2] She received private lessons in oil painting between the ages of nine and twelve.[citation needed]

Doerschuk met her husband, Ralph Dicker, in New York and they were married on August 25, 1942, in California. They raised their sons Thomas and Scott in Palo Alto, California.[1]


She went to Salem Academy[citation needed] and then studied art history and painting and graduated from College of William and Mary in 1940.[1][3] She moved to New York City where she studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art[1] and at the Art Students League under Ernest Fiene.[citation needed]


While in New York, Dicker worked as a freelance illustrator, a fashion model[1] and a draftsman for Sperry Gyroscope. In 1970, Dicker moved to Bennett Ridge, Santa Rosa, California, where she found her most recognizable style in depicting the landscapes of Sonoma County.[1]

Throughout her career, her work was shown in galleries, museums, corporate offices in New York City and in and around the San Francisco Bay area.[1] She participated in one woman or group shows at the Legion of Honor, the Oakland Museum of California, and Stanford University.[1] Her style includes vibrant acrylic colors, splatters of paint and strips of wood covered in rice-paper to give dimensionality and texture.[citation needed]

After her husband died in 1980, she enjoyed the most productive years of her career. In 1983, Dicker traveled with a group of California artists led by Earl Thollander to China. She enjoyed the art of the Southwest United States and often traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico.[citation needed]

Her notable paintings include the large paintings depicting the seasons in the dining room of The Nut Tree (now closed) in Vacaville, California, and a 24-foot-wide (7.3 m) wood mural at the Yosemite Art and Education Center, now the Valley Wilderness Center.[1][4]

Dicker died on December 2, 2004, when she was living Santa Rosa, California.[1][5]


Dicker was named American Association of University Women's "Women Artist of the Year". In San Francisco, she won the Society of Women Artists' President's prize at the Museum of Art. At the De Saisset Museum she won first and second prizes.[1]


Dicker's art is in many private and public collections in the United States and abroad, including:[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Ruth Doerschuk Dicker obituary". San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate. Hearst Communications. December 4, 2004. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Record for Ruth D. Doerschuk born in 1919, died in 2004. Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.
  3. ^ Ruth Doerschuk Dicker. College of William and Mary. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Art Center Moves through History. Yosemite. Spring 2008. 70:2. p. 14. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ruth Doerschuk Dicker obituary". Sherwood Voice. December 5, 2004.