Ruth Ellen Hoag, Harmony, acrylic, 26x40 inches

A Journey From Music to Art

RUTH ELLEN HOAG began her creative career playing French horn in the orchestra pits of the theater world in New York, later moving west to join the Santa Barbara Symphony. "I always drew, but music was my main focus," she says. A year in Japan deepened her appreciation for the brush, and when she returned to California she dedicated herself to painting. "It's exactly the same language," she says of art and music. "Color, tone, rhythm, balance -- and the all-important composition."

For the past two decades, she has devoted her energies to art, painting in oil and acrylic, and making her mark in India ink and watercolor, gaining signature status in the American Watercolor Society. She has exhibited throughout the country and taught both at home and abroad. For three years, she had her own gallery in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. Now she has returned to painting and teaching full time, and we are pleased to present key paintings from her journey so far.

"Everyday people are central to my work," she says of her figurative paintings. "Each painting offers new insights into how we act or react. It's making the intimacy of music visible."