​​​​  Ruth Marcus Art Studio 

​Biographical Information

Ruth Marcus received her B.A. and M.S. from Queens College of the City University of New York, majoring in Fine Art with a minor in Education.  She shared her passion for art with young people during her career as an art teacher in Washington, DC and New York City.  She was co-head of the art department at the Dalton School in New York City for ten years before moving to Washington in 1989.  For twenty-one years she taught art at Georgetown Day School, retiring in June, 2011 to pursue her art full-time.  Her works have been shown in New York City, Berkeley, CA, San Francisco, CA, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  She maintains a studio in her home in Chevy Chase, DC.  Studio visits may be arranged by appointment; contact Ruth at: ruthmarcus99@gmail.com.  


​​Artist Statement

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Painting with watercolor in Scicli, Sicily

I am inspired by the beauty of the world around me​.  The starting point can be a momentary glimpse of a scenic vista or an ancient town, or perhaps an intimate look at a flower.  What appeals to me most is the emotional impact of the colors, shapes and textures.  There is nothing quite like the feeling of touching a brush full of paint to canvas or paper.  Whether working in oil, acrylic or watercolor, the feeling is the same: joy at the unexpected things that can happen when colors meet.

In recent years I have become increasingly aware of how traveling feeds my art.  My latest paintings are inspired by trips to Europe, Argentina, Turkey, China, and around the U.S.  Many of these works focus on natural landscapes punctuated by a touch of architecture, the evidence of human interaction with the land.  Back home and in the studio, each painting becomes a journey, immersing me in the feelings experienced during these travels.