Acrylic on Arches 140lb Paper on Board (Box Frame)
Ruth Ellen Hoag earned her degree at Manhattan School of Music with French horn major. After a long-standing career in music, she turned her attention to art with award-winning paintings exhibited in galleries in New York, California, Florida, Colorado and elsewhere. She made her foray into public art in 2017 with two large murals commissioned by Santa Barbara Beautiful. Recent publications include Palette Magazine, “Teacups of Joy,” a series about children on the edge. Many of her works are in private and corporate collections, including the Music Academy of the West, and Westmont College. She holds Signature status in American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Association, and is represented by Kathryne Designs, Montecito, CA, and GraySpace Gallery, in Santa Barbara, CA.
"My art is based on the figurative genre. Ordinary, everyday people being central to my work, each painting offers an opportunity to discover a new insight into how we act, react, do, think, worry, enjoy or ponder. Towards this objective, I work in acrylic and watercolor, often inscribe into the paint with graphite and mark-making tools, sometimes adding shimmer and shine here and there, enhancing the vibrant quality, or just for fun. I’m particular about my color palette for each piece, as it is part of the expressive purpose. I generally don’t work for accuracy, though some paintings turn out with more attention to “correctness” than others. In aiming for the communicative and emotional qualities, degrees of abstraction come into play. There’s no formula, only desire and some routine."