RUTH De JONG received her BFA in painting and photography from Texas Christian University. After completing several painting commissions and a stint in Italy her artwork caught the eye of Oscar-nominated production designer Jack Fisk. Fisk encouraged De Jong to consider a career in production design. De Jong dove in headfirst, production designing the award-winning indie film SWEDISH AUTO, staring January Jones and Lucas Haas. Fisk added De Jong to his team that art directed Paul Thomas Anderson’s Oscar-winning film,
THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Soon after, Fisk hired De Jong to assistant art direct on Terrence Malick's, Cannes Palm d’Or winner, TREE OF LIFE.
In 2010 De Jong started the year by art directing THE FUTURE, by award winning writer/director, Miranda July. Teaming up again with Jack Fisk and David Crank to assistant art direct WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, directed by Francis Lawrence. And re-teamed with Terrence Malick again for
TO THE WONDER.
In 2012, De Jong went on to art director Terrence Malick's latest feature films: KNIGHT OF CUPS, WEIGHTLESS and documentary VOYAGE OF TIME.
In 2013, De Jong teamed back up with David Crank to art direct Paul Thomas Anderson’s most recent feature film, INHERENT VICE, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Earning them a nomination from the Art Directors Guild for Excellence in Production Design, for a Period Film.
Most recently De Jong production designed Kenneth Lonergan's latest feature film, MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA, starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.
De Jong is currently working with David Lynch, production designing
TWIN PEAKS for SHOWTIME. De Jong is a southern California native and resides in downtown Los Angeles.