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About Ruth Karp

Ruth Karp enjoyed painting from life, which allowed her transparent watercolors to be spontaneous and creative. Her artwork depicted varying images, including flowers, models, or even a scene she witnessed while traveling. Ruth also utilized acrylic paints, both on paper and canvas. Fellow artists called her work "painterly," due to the "loose and juicy" way in which she applied her colors.

Not only did Ruth win "Best in Show" from The American Artists Professional League, The Miami Watercolor Society, and The Florida Professional Artists Guild, but she was also the recipient of over 100 other awards from groups such as The Florida Watercolor Society, Goldcoast Watercolor Society, and The Miami Art League.


Ruth served as president, vice president, and board member of many art groups and continually involved herself in matters that helped to promote the arts. She was always happy to perform demonstrations, which she did for her peers, as well as for students ranging from the earliest grade level to the University of Miami.

Many of Ruth's works are in collections around the world, and have been published in Rockport Publishers Best of Watercolor: Painting Light and Shadow and A Gallery of Marine Art. She was proud to be a signature member of many prestigious art groups such as the National Watercolor Society, and The Florida Watercolor Society.

Pink Flowers Illustration

South Florida was home to Ruth and her husband, Irving for more than 6 decades. Their daughter Janice, son Martin, daughter-in-law Danielle and five grandsons, Matt, Eric, Herschel, Benjamin and Samson were big fans of Ruth’s artwork.   


She also found time away from her art to be involved in her community as a member of the Bal Harbour Civic Association, the Miami Beach Beautification Board, and the Miami Beach Recreation Department Committee. She was a staff member of the Miami Beach Recreation Department where she coached girls in sports and taught a Pre-K program. Ruth was a Brownie Leader, Den mother for Cub-Scouts, President of the P.T.A., President of the University of Miami Hurricane Club (the first woman to ever hold that position), and a University of Miami Hall of Fame member.  On the college level, she became president of Phi-Lambda-Pi, a female Fraternity. 


Ruth enjoyed wearing many hats, which she felt contributed to the way she saw the world around her and influenced the way she created her paintings.  


In 2021, Ruth passed away at age 96, but her artwork lives on.  Irving predeceased her in 2018 at age 94.  When you see her artwork, you can’t help but notice the framing—that was the work of Irving.  They were a terrific team and were married for more than 72 years.  



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