Ruth Ellen Hoag

FZAW Online Artist Spotlight

November 2020 - February 2021

Email ruth@ruthellenhoag.com

Instagram @ruthellenhoag

Instagram @grayspaceart

Ruth Ellen Hoag

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, (acrylics, watercolor, ink,) and by drawing into the paint with graphite and mark-making tools, experimenting with shimmer and shine here and there, using metallic paint and glitter. 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.

About the Artist

Though Ruth began life as musician with a degree from Manhattan School of Music, (French horn,) she turned her focus towards art after a thirty-year career in orchestral performance. As visual artist, she began shodo brushwork while living in Japan. Moving back to Santa Barbara, she expanded into watercolor and acrylic mediums. By 2004 she was teaching classes at her Funk Zone studio, as well as workshops internationally.

Ruth Ellen Hoag’s award-winning paintings have earned Signature status with American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Association among others. Recent exhibits include Gallery 825, Los Angeles, Brand Library, Glendale, CA; Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum, Santa Barbara; and National Arts Club, New York. This year Hoag has had three New York Art Fair exhibitions. Publications include Palette Magazine, Teacups of Joy, a series about the thoughts and experiences of children on the edge; and Gazelle in the June, 2020 issue of Circle Quarterly Art Review Magazine.


In Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, Hoag made her foray into public art in 2017, with a commission for two murals, “East of Yesterday,” depicting the history of the Funk Zone. For that, Hoag received the 2019 Hugh Petersen Award for Art in Public Places, by Santa Barbara Beautiful. In May 2019, Hoag opened REH Fine Art at GraySpace near her murals. Here, she curates American contemporary art exhibitions, continues her painting practice as well as a thriving teaching practice, She is represented by Kathryn Designs, in Montecito, CA.



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