Ruby Pearl was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1949 and currently lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is the granddaughter of a housepainter who mixed his own paints, using the left overs to create country scenes on wood panels. She is a self-taught artist who won her first art award at age four, and has considered herself an artist ever since. Ms. Pearl uses collage and paint to create worlds that she would like to inhabit. She has grown children and a granddaughter who she is very proud of. She struggled for a while with homelessness, but has managed to turn her life around. She is a participant at Gateway Arts, a Vinfen Service, which helps her to maintain her artistic equilibrium. Her work has been widely exhibited and admired. In 1999, she was commissioned by the Mall at Chestnut Hill to design a 58 foot banner for its entryway. Her work has been reviewed by the Brockton Enterprise, the Wilton Bulletin and the Boston Herald, all Massachusetts publications.