Painter of the Year  Judge Ruth Ellen Hoag

Ruth Ellen Hoag

“As a graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a French horn major, I embarked on a thirty-year music career.  While living in Japan, I discovered painting and found my new passion. Nearly all my work is figurative in nature. As such, I’m always experimenting with various approaches and painting styles. My quest is to capture a sense of movement with the characters or the space they occupy.

Though I grew up in a rural setting and love the idea of aloneness, I am drawn more to life in the city. Fond memories of music making, market places, walking through parks, daytime and nighttime, feed the inspiration for my paintings.

My paintings have been awarded in many national and international exhibitions: including medaling in American Watercolor Society , and winning top honors at San Diego Watercolor Society‘s International Exhibition. Most recently, I earned a coveted Signature status from National Watercolor Society. I’ve also attained Signaturemembership in San Diego Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association and Watercolor West.

For the last several years, I have also juried exhibitions and demonstrated my work for art organizations and been an invited artist instructor for workshops in several western states and as far south as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A number of books and magazines have published my work including Watercolor Artist and Palette Magazine. As a founding member of Santa Barbara Studio Artists, my working studio, Whistle Stop Art Studios in downtown Santa Barbara, hosts year round studio tours. There are art classes and workshops on-going at the studio as well.”

  Ruth Ellen Hoag, whom we have chosen as our Painter of the Year judge for our meeting on Monday, May 9, is a highly- acclaimed painter from Santa Barbara.  She is very experienced at helpful and gentle critique.



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