Ruth Nixdorf’s early interest in art was encouraged by her maternal grandmother who had a lifelong love of painting. While a teen, Nixdorf had an opportunity to study drawing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She also spent many hours studying paintings and sculpture in the National Gallery as well as other art museums in Washington, D.C., often accompanied and instructed by her grandmother. Of particular interest were landscape and figure paintings by the French Impressionists While in Paris to complete high school, she studied paintings and sculpture in the Louvre.
During her first two years of college in Munich, Nixdorf furthered her art history studies in the Alte Pinakothek and other museums throughout Europe. She concentrated her research on the figurative paintings of Albrecht Durer and Matthias Grunewald, in addition to analysis of sculptures and paintings by Italian Renaissance Masters. This resulted in a personal desire to do studies of people, especially in various drawing media. Nixdorf completed her BA degree with high honors from the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland.
Prior to moving to North Carolina, Nixdorf lived in Southern California where she was an exhibiting member of the prestigious Los Angeles Art Association. While a member, she sold work at their gallery in West Los Angeles. In addition, she exhibited with three other art organizations, often winning awards in juried shows.
During the 15 years of living in Southern California, Nixdorf studied Painting and Composition, Design, Life Drawing, and Portrait Drawing. Her works are part of many private collections.
Nixdorf currently exhibits her work at Alleghany Arts and Crafts Gallery in Sparta. Her paintings hang in private collections in the Charlotte area and Delaware. One of her portraits earned a First Place and Best of Show in the Surry County Juried Show in April 2007. Nixdorf is concentrating on producing landscapes and flower paintings in acrylic and watercolor.