Ruth Ellen Hoag
Ruth Ellen Hoag’s award winning paintings have been exhibited in galleries in New York, California, Florida, Colorado and elsewhere. In Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, she made her foray into public art in 2017, installing a pair of large murals, “East of Yesterday,” (11’x12’ each,) commissioned by Santa Barbara Beautiful, depicting the history of the Funk Zone. (a legend for the muralis on her website.) Ruth is represented by Kathryne Designs, Montecito, CA, and GraySpace Art Gallery, in Santa Barbara. Recently, Palette Magazine published her article, “Teacups of Joy,” a series of paintings and stories about children on the edge. She teaches at her downtown studio and workshops around California, Oregon, and internationally, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in France. Her work is in many private collections in the States and abroad, including three large watercolor paintings at the Music Academy of the West, and Westmont College permanent collections. Ruth Ellen Hoag has Signature status in numerous international societies including American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Association.
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 love working in paint, (various acrylics, watercolor, ink,) and by drawing and inscribing into the paint with graphite and mark-making tools, sometimes adding shimmer and shine here and there, adding to the expressive quality. I’m particular about my color palette for each piece, and choose them with care, 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.