“Porch Puckerer” by Rita Koch

My love of color and texture began as a child when I discovered oils and pastels at Humes School of Art in my then hometown of Rutherford, NJ. Watercolors were my form of expression in secondary school. And then, after a long hiatus for career demands I found my way back to art — happily trading in my business cards for paint, brushes and study at The Center for Contemporary Art, Hunterdon Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. To my delight, my creative passion rekindled with ease. I’m drawn to paint images that express the natural world, stimulate the senses and reveal moments that invite us to pause and consider how extraordinary the ordinary can be.

I’ve lived in Hunterdon County for almost 40 years finding inspiration in our bucolic part of the state, my love of travel, or Sunday rides with my husband in our 1960 Nash Metropolitan. I work primarily in studio from digital photography, so often found with phone/camera in hand, ready to capture the cool gray of a winter day, sun-warmed sand against azure skies, soft red cardinal feathers, prickly yellow- green flower stems or the butter-colored stones of a quaint village. I want my paintings to convey all the beauty, humor and mystery of the moment.


size 20″ x 16″ x 1″
medium Watercolor on Arches 140 Cold Press Paper
Price $650.00


Bio/CV

Rita Koch
Flemington, NJ
[email protected]

Exhibitions 
• The Center for Contemporary Art Members Show 2013-20
• Juried Members Show, 2009, 11, 13, 15, 16
• Hunterdon Watercolor Society, 2008 – 2016
• Artsbridge 21st Juried Show – 2013-15
• Hunterdon Museum of Art, Juried Member Show 2014
• Lambertville Shad Fest Art Show, 2011-2016
• Alfa Art Salon – Showcase 2014
• Johnson & Johnson NJ Artists Solo Showcase 2014
• New Hope Art League Juried Show, 2011, 2012
• Garden State Watercolor Society Juried Show, 2012
• Garden State Watercolor Society Members Show 2013
• Tinicum Arts Festival 2008
• Tewksbury Historical Society Juried Art Show, 2007
• Rosemont Café Gallery, 2009-2011
• Arts on Division Local Fine Arts Exhibition, 2102
• NJ American Artist Prof. League, Juried Show, 2012-15
• River Blue Café Gallery 2012-2015
• Flemington Historical Preservation Plein Air Festival 2012, 13
• SAVOR, New Hope Art League Exhibit 2012
• Shiffman Students’ Art Show, 2006 – 2019
• Phillips Center Gallery, 2013-2017
• Private Collections in NJ, VA, FL, AZ and NM

Awards
• The Center for Contemporary Art Members Show – Honorable Mention 2016
• Artsbridge 21st Juried Show – Award of Excellence 2016
• Hunterdon County Watercolor Society
– Joy Greco Award 2015
– Award of Excellence 2009, 13, 14
– Honorable Mention, 2008
• Flemington Plein Air Festival 2012-2013
– Raritan Historians Comm. Award 2012
– People’s Choice & HWS Award 2013
• Garden State Watercolor Soc. Member Show
– Award of Excellence 2013
• NJ American Artist Prof. League
– Award of Excellence 2013
– Honorable Mention 2015
• ARTslant 2012 Showcase Winner
• NJ Watercolor Society Member Show
– Award of Excellence -20 12

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