Who am I?

My name is Ruth Clayton and I am an artist living in Cumbria, UK.

My website address is: https://ruthclaytonartist.com

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

Contact forms

I collect your name, email address and the message that you wish to send through the contact form. I use contact form submissions to communicate with you and to respond to your enquiry. I will retain this data for administrative purposes, but I do not use the information for marketing purposes.

Shopping and Orders

If you wish to buy some of my artwork, the form on my website collects your name, email address and the details of the painting you would like to buy. I will then contact you directly to arrange payment and shipping (if required).

Mailing List

If you choose to join my mailing list, I collect your name and email address. My mailing list is managed through the Mailchimp service. Their privacy policy can be found at https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/


My website may use Google Analytics in order to help gather information about how the site is used, how many visitors it receives and where they may be located in the world.  To do this, Google Analytics uses cookies and collects data such as visitors’ IP addresses.  This data is only used to analyse the usage and performance of the website and is not shared with any other third party.

Further information about Google Analytics, your data and privacy can be found here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en/


If you upload images to the website, as part of a comment for example, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you had visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. They are stored on your device when the website is loaded on your browser. These cookies help make the website function properly, make it more secure, provide better user experience and help in understanding how the website performs and analyzing what works and where it needs improvement.

How are cookies used?

Cookies can be used for a number of different purposes. The common types of cookie are:

Essential: Some cookies are essential for you to be able to experience the full functionality of the site. They allow the site to maintain user sessions and prevent any security threats. They do not generally collect or store personal information. Essential cookies cannot usually be blocked as this would typically cause the website to fail to work properly.

Statistics: These cookies store information like the number of visitors to the website, the number of unique visitors, which pages of the website have been visited, the source of the visit, etc. This data helps in understanding and analyzing how well the website performs and where it needs improvement.

Functional: These are the cookies that support certain non-essential functions on the website. These functions include embedding content like videos or sharing content from the website to social media platforms.

Preferences: These cookies help store your settings and browsing preferences (e.g. language preferences) so that you have a better and more efficient experience on future visits to the website.

Cookies can also be grouped into first-party cookies and third-party cookies.

First-party cookies are directly related to the website itself and are usually needed for the website to function the right way. Most first-party cookies do not collect personally identifiable data.

Third-party cookies are usually associated with another business that provides services upon which the website relies. For example, payment services, search engines, mail service providers, etc. The third-party cookies used on this website are mainly for understanding how the website performs, how you interact with the website, keeping the site secure and generally providing you with a better and improved user experience. Cookies also help speed up your interactions with the website. Most third-party cookies do not collect personally identifiable data, although those associated with email services may contain your email address.

What cookies are used on this site?

The site uses Google Analytics to track its usage and performance. The Google Analytics system uses a number of cookies to provide this service.

The site uses a number of Mailchimp cookies to support the mailing list feature. If you sign up to my mailing list, these cookies may contain your email address and expire after one month.

A number of cookies are also set and used to confirm and manage your cookie preferences for the site as a whole. These cookies last for one year.

How can I control cookie preferences ?

When you first visit this site, you will have seen a cookie consent message that allows you to control which types of cookies are used. Once you have made your selection, the information is itself stored in cookies. Should you decide to change your preferences later, you can click on the “Manage your consent” link below. This will display the consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.


As well as being able to choose your cookie preferences on this site, web browsers also provide their own methods to block and delete cookies. Consult the documentation for your particular browser to find out how to manage cookies in the brower itself. You can also find out more about cookies online, for example on Wikipedia

Who I share your data with

I only share your data with companies that I use to provide this website or additional services upon which I rely.  I do not share data with third party advertising networks or other organisations that are not directly involved in providing my services.

I currently use services provided by:

How long I retain your data

Data gathered by my website is only stored for as long as it is required to provide a service to you. For example, information that you send via the contact form on the site is only retained as long as it is needed to deal with your enquiry.

What rights you have over your data

You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided. You can also request that your personal data be erased. However, data that I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes will not be deleted until such time as permitted by the relevant laws or regulations.

Where I send your data

Website analytics are provided by Google Analytics.

Email services for my mailing list and for automated emails relating to your account or orders are handled using Mailchimp.

For further details see “Who I share your data with” above.

Contact information

If you have any concerns about your privacy, you can contact my data controller, Adrian Waterworth, by emailing him at: aw@glendrian.com

Additional information

How I protect your data

Data held by this website or its service providers is maintained in secure commercial data centres with regular backups and security audits. Only users or personnel with a legitimate need to access such data are permitted to do so and user access is limited by measures such as secure passwords and two-factor authentication systems.

What data breach procedures I have in place

In the unlikely event of a data breach, system and access logs will allow the extent and nature of the breach to be determined and any further data loss to be blocked. Anyone affected by such a data breach will be kept fully informed as to the nature and extent of any data that may have been released.

What third parties I receive data from

I do not receive identifiable personal data from any third parties.

What automated decision making and/or profiling I do with user data

I do not carry out any user profiling.

The Antispam Bee spam filtering service provides an automated indication of whether a comment or information received from a contact form may be spam, rather than a legitimate message, however these indications are then reviewed by a person before being acted upon.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements