Ellen Hoag, WW, SDWS
been a musician all my life, I come to painting through a side door,
from a world of sound to a visual one. Surely kindred arts! Even the
language is the same: tones, harmony, rhythm, color. As in music,
there's a physicality associated in creating the art; the feeling
of sliding paint to paper and the action of mind and body in the process.
I find watercolor is perhaps the most versatile of mediums, and at
times, using it as an oil painter would, fresh from the tube with
little water. This direct use of paint brings a distinctive dynamic
to the medium, from vivid and strong, to soft and contemplative. Drawn
to the figurative genre, I find musicians, dancers, cowboys, anyone
involved in activity, as engaging subjects. The intention is to have
movement and mood resonate throughout the painting plane. More quiet
subjects, such as landscapes and nude studies, can be intimate and
serene. It's about expression, rather
than specific subject matter -
a view to an inner reality, of thoughts, of music and poetry. To show
what something feels like is what I hope to convey in paint.
In the last few years my paintings have been in numerous national
and international exhibits earning Signature status in Watercolor
West and San Diego Watercolor Society. Other accomplishments include
a major museum exhibit in Florida, and several publications in periodicals
including Palette Watermedia Magazine.
My work may be viewed at www.RuthEllenHoag.com,
and visitors are always welcome at my studio
in downtown Santa Barbara, CA.
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