Feature Article in Manhattan School of Music Alumni Magazine

Feature Article in Manhattan School of Music Alumni Magazine

Manhattan School of Music is my Alma Mater. I studied French horn and played professionally for 30 years. A few years ago I sent them an updated biography, including my paintings that feature musicians. Last fall the alumni department contacted me asking permission to write an article featuring my work.

You’ll find a short interview included in the current issue of the Manhattan School of Music Newsletter. I’m honored to share the link with you here. You’ll have to scroll down a little bit, but just look for the girl holding paintbrushes – that’s me, Ruth Ellen Hoag.

Music remains an important part of my life. With season tickets to the LA Philharmonic, I can feed my soul. I sit behind the first horn player, and never miss a note! It’s quite fantastic! I also use the opportunity to sketch musicians as they make their way on stage. It’s a way of living vicariously from a time in my life that brings back fond memories of music-making.


“Waiting for the Dude” ©Ruth Ellen Hoag SOLD

Painting and music are creative sisters. Notes are like brushstrokes, both require rigorous practice and exploration to find the mood and feeling of a piece. Knowledge of theory supports the finished work, but in the moment of creation, one only thinks about the expressive opportunity. I am one with the music and one with the paint.

Music Academy bass players

“Three Men on Bass”  ©Ruth Ellen Hoag SOLD

Music Academy of the West

I have a great outlet in Santa Barbara to “feed my soul” with The Music Academy of the West’s Summer Festival. It’s eight weeks of world-class young musicians studying there. “Three Men on Bass” says it all: flip-flops and shorts by day, black dress by night. I’m thrilled that three of my paintings hang at the idyllic campus in The Main House, and I get to hang out with the French horn department, going to their master classes and concerts, making life-long friends along the way.

Music and art go hand in hand, as Aristotle said, “All of the arts are brothers, each one a link to the others.”

AWS 149th International Exhibition

AWS 149th International Exhibition

“Master Class” has been accepted into the 149th American Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibition.

This prestigious show of over 100 water-media paintings will be held April 4-23, 2016 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

Visit www.americanwatercolorsociety.org for a list of participating exhibitors and more information.

This will be my second time exhibiting in AWS, and I’m honored to participate again.


"Master Class" Watercolor on Paper ©Ruth Ellen Hoag

“Master Class” Watercolor on Paper ©Ruth Ellen Hoag


The Sound of Color at Whistle Stop Arts

Join us, Thursday, November 5th, at 5 p.m. for an artists reception.

Paintings by members of Whistle Stop Studio will be on view:

Refreshments and colorful music add to the festive atmosphere.

220 W. Canon Perdido, Suite D

Santa Barbara, CA 93101 – 805-689-0858



  • Deborah Filippini
  • Anne Fraser
  • Marjorie Goodrich
  • Victoria Hines
  • Colleen Janee
  • Marianne Kugler
  • Russell Mueller
  • Peggy Odgers
  • Marlies Petersen
  • Jerilyn Robinson
  • Nancy Shepherd
  • Susan Whisenand
  • Joyce Wilson

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