Ruth Koch
Watercolor Studio

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Former environmental planner and yoga teacher Ruth Koch began her journey into art in the early 1990’s. While raising two children and teaching yoga, she studied drawing and painting at a local college. She soon became entranced by watercolor and continues to find it endlessly absorbing and challenging. Inspired by repetitive patterns in nature and rhythmic interplays of color and shape, Ruth finds painting a deeply satisfying and meditative process.


Triton Museum of Art, CA 2010/2011
National Watercolor Society 89th Annual Exhibition 2009, 2010
California Watercolor Association National Exhibition 2007, 2009
Triton Museum of Art, CA Watercolor Exhibition 2008/2009
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
California Watercolor Association National Exhibition 2006
Watercolor West (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
Watercolor West, 2000; 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
Watercolor West
California Watercolor Association