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Rita Koch

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Lives in
Central, NJ

Works in
NY/NJ/Phila Metro Area


landscape, realism, watercolor; photo-realism; animals; nature; landscape; painting



My love of color and texture began as a child, when I discovered oils and pastels at Humes School of Art in Rutherford, NJ. Watercolors were my form of expression in high school and college. And then, a hiatus until I happily traded my business career 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 passion for creating art rekindled with ease and I've rediscovered the fun of other media such as oil and pastel as well. 

I’m drawn to paint images that express the natural world, stimulate the senses and—in our fast-paced world—reveal moments that invite us to pause and consider how extraordinary the ordinary can be. Inspiration comes from faraway travels, my sunny kitchen or Sunday rides with my husband through Hunterdon County, NJ, in our 1960 Nash Metropolitan or 1959 Morris Minor Traveler (restoring classic cars is my husband’s hobby and another of my passions).

I work primarily in studio from digital photograph, so am often found with camera in hand, ready to capture the cool gray of a winter day, sun-warmed adobe against azure skies, soft red cardinal feathers, prickly yellow-green flower stems or the butter-colored stones of a Tuscan village. I want my paintings to convey all the beauty, all the humor and all the mystery of the moment.


Recent Exhibits

Rita Koch participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2016 The Center for Contemporary Art - Members Show 2016
The Center for Contemporary Art
Jul, 2015 Artsbridge 21st Annual Open Juried Show
Prallsville Mills DRMS
Jun, 2015 Hunterdon Watercolor Society 2015 Annual Members Show
Hunterdon County Library
Nov, 2014 New Brunswick Art Salon
Alfa Art Gallery
Sep, 2014 2014 Members Exhibition
Hunterdon Art Museum
Jun, 2014 Center for Contemporary Art Member's Show 2014
Center for Contemporary Art
Click here to see all exhibits for Rita Koch

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