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How We're Different

As the artist, we create, localize and customize the artwork for you right here in our gallery. Ruth will even do custom location shoots for you at little or no cost. We won’t bring you the same round of art you’re seeing from everyone else because that’s not who we are and it’s not how we work. You will find our pricing to be very competitive without the additional cost of the middle man. From sculptures to back-lit panels to traditional art under glass, we can create and provide a wide range of work to suit whatever need, whatever space and whatever clinical situation we're presented with.

Take a moment to view our portfolio of galleries at

 www.ruthburkerke.photoshelter.com and you will find images that connect with the soul, transcending life through nature to create healing from what we see.

Healing Arts Helps Patients and Saves Money

A study was conducted in a psych ward to determine the relationship between art and patient agitation. Three distinct types of art were introduced to the psych unit lounge: abstract non-representational, abstract representational, and realistic nature.

Nurses were then asked to observe patient behavior while data on the use of an anti-anxiety PRN (as needed) medication was collected.

The study demonstrated that patients were calmer and that less anti-anxiety medication was prescribed as different types of art were displayed. The study further suggested that annual savings in that particular psych ward of $27,000 when images of realistic nature were displayed, $7,000 when the abstract representational images (nature-based) were displayed, and $4,000 when abstract (non-representational art) art was present.

A paper on this research was published in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in June 2011.

Carpman and Grant (1993),... concluded that patients preferred art depicting nature over scenes with urban content, pictures of people, architectural interiors, still-life, sport scenes, or abstractions.

In another preference study Eisen (2005) showed that children in hospital ettings also prefer representational nature art to abstract art. ...contrary to common assumptions that children only like large cartoon-like or fantasy images...

About Ruth Burke

As a professional art photographer, Ruth Burke has many publishing credits to her name. Her images have been featured in national and regional books and magazines such as Conde Nast Traveler, Texas Highways, Metropolitan Home, Bay Runner and Gulfscapes.


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