Eckstein continued her painting studies in New York, taking classes at the Museum of Modern Art, and with Stuart Davis at The New School for Social Research. With the encouragement of Harry Sternberg, her teacher at the Long Island North Shore Community Art Center, Ms. Eckstein enrolled at the Art Students League in New York, where she immersed herself in printmaking techniques as well as painting and drawing. She studied with Sternberg, Julian Levi and V. Vytlacil. Later, intrigued by the woodcut technique of printmaker Seong Moy, Eckstein studied with him at the Pratt Graphic Art Center, also studying etching techniques with Roberto DeLamonica.
Eckstein's work evolved through her printmaking and related painting and collage, to achieve a majestic tranquility, through pared down compositions and subtle modulations of color and shape.George and Ruth subsequently left the city for Manhasset, New York and then Great Neck, NY.George died in 1995 and in 2003, Ruth moved to Newton, Massachusetts, to be close to her daughter and her family. She lived in Lasell Village, where she took courses, and continued with her art. No longer with room for her own studio, she took up a new medium that required less space: ceramics.Ruth Eckstein died in Newton, Massachusetts on November 23, 2011.(annexgalleries.com)