Ruth Koch
Watercolor Studio 


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  About the Artist
Former environmental policy planner, yoga teacher, writer and editor, Ruth Koch began her
journey into art about 25 years ago. An ink wash exercise in a beginning drawing class led
Ruth to an introductory watercolor class at a local college. A chance exploration became
an enduring passion, and she continues to be endlessly absorbed, challenged and entranced
by the medium. Ruth is inspired by repetitive patterns in nature and rhythmic interplays
of color and shape. She has recently been exploring still life, figures, and urban scenes,
but she is always drawn back to the nourishing beauty of the natural world around her.
Whatever the subject, Ruth finds painting to be a deeply satisfying, meditative process.


California Watercolor Assoc. Nat'l Exhibition (Cash Award) 2013; 2017; (Award) 2019
St. Mary's College Museum of Art, Moraga, CA 2018
Olive Hyde Art Gallery "Rhythm & Light: 3 Artists" 2011
Triton Museum of Art, CA 2008/2009; 2010/2011
National Watercolor Society 89th Annual Exhibition 2009; 2010
California Watercolor Association National Exhibition 2006; 2007; 2009
Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery Group Show, 2007
Bay Area Images at Filoli, Woodside, CA (2nd place award) 2007
Triton Museum of Art, CA Watercolor Exhibit (Award of Merit) 2007
Art Concepts Gallery, Walnut Creek, (2nd place award) 2007
Watercolor West 2000; 2003; (Patron's Award) 2005
State Capitol, Sacramento, (2nd pl. award) 1998; (Hon. Mention) 2005
Di Rosa Preserve Gatehouse Gallery, Napa, CA 2004; 2005
The Gardens at Heather Farms, Walnut Creek, (1st place award) 2004
Triton Museum of Art, CA Watercolor Biennial, (1st place award) 2003
State Capitol Building, Sacramento, (2nd place award) 2003
Pacific Wildlife Gallery, Orinda, CA, 2001; 2002
The Golden State Museum, Sacramento (2nd place award) 2000
The Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, 1999
Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery Invitational Group Show, 1998


Bachelor of Arts, UC Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa)
Master of Science, Urban Planning, University of Arizona
Certified Yoga Instructor, Iyengar Yoga Institute, San Francisco, CA
Certified Accupressurist, Acupressure Institute, Berkeley, CA
Drawing and Painting Classes, Merritt College, Oakland, CA
Ongoing Study with Karen Frey, Oakland, CA


National Watercolor Society (NWS)
Watercolor West (WW)
California Watercolor Association (MCWA - Master status)