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.
“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.”
Ruth Ellen Hoag’s Installed mural in the Funk Zone
Announcing the Public Presentation of a new work, a mural depicting the history of the Santa Barbara Funk Zone Arts District. Someone has been working 14 hour days to finish this project (me!) I’m nearly to the finish line on this gargantuan project, which has occupied me since early February. I began with presentation of concept drawings for the Arts Advisory Committee. Next I worked up detailed drawings of all the ‘characters’ including historical figures from Santa Barbara archives. The research alone too me hours. If I didn’t love this work, I couldn’t have persisted to see it to conclusion. It has been physically and mentally challenging, to say the least!
These works in Progress totally fill my studio!
Coming up, the murals will be installed Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10 Yananali St., Santa Barbara.
Future location for these works
Join me for the Public Unveiling of the new mural by Ruth Ellen Hoag:
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Finally, this project was underwritten by Santa Barbara Beautiful and supported by the City Arts Advisory Committee. The committee plans to commission additional murals for the Michael Kate Interiors and Gallery at the intersection of Yanonali and Santa Barbara Streets and at 123 Santa Barbara Street. I hope to see you there!
“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
Drop by the studio to see new work in progress. Featured are small paintings, perfect for the holdays. Also, view an ongoing, experimental painting, 52″x144″, occupying an entire wall!