Artist and teacher Ruth Jacobson was born into a Jewish family in London, England in 1941. She studied painting and etching at the Slade School of Fine Art under Peter Brooker and Andrew Forge from 1959 to 1963, gaining first prize in figure drawing in 1961, followed by a postgraduate teaching diploma at Manchester University (1964-64), subsequently teaching in adult education. In 1965 she moved to Reading and studied sculpture at the Berkshire College of Art. She participated in exhibitions at Agnews’ in 1963, followed by Camden Arts Centre and the Mall Galleries with solo exhibitions at Gallery Petit (1972) and Seldown Gallery, Poole Arts Centre (1985). From 1989-91 she took a postgraduate course in stained glass at Central St Martin’s, and was awarded a fellowship in 1992. She has since travelled in continental Europe, the United States and Mexico and has exhibited in the UK, the USA, Germany, and Israel. In 2001 Jacobson was elected an associate member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters and in 2012 she was a finalist in Ben Uri’s International Jewish Artist of the Year exhibition. She lives and works in London.