Druis A. Beasley is an artist, educator, and activist with an extensive background in diversity,…
Born 1962 in Loudonville, New York, Megan Ruch developed a love of painting, particularly in watercolor, with enthusiastic encouragement from her maternal grandmother. Self-taught, her work was inspired by family vacations to Antigua, coastal Europe and Lake George in New York’s Adirondack mountains. Her colorful style reflects her joyful perspective and outlook of water and humans interactions with it. She blends figurative and representational peices with whimsical craft. Contrasting light and shadow creates a depth of space and deft handling of the subject matter.
In her large scale work with acrylics Megan thrives with aquatic themes – by the pool, on the dock, at the coast and reflects the free-spirited summers of her youth. Subjects are rendered in a more abstract style set amidst luminous fields of color defining the scene. Waves, water and sky shimmer with light creating a vibrant back drop for subjects engaged in favorite summer pastimes. Educated at Cazenovia College on the shores of Cazenovia Lake, New York. She served as an art consultant at The Sorrelle Gallery with locations in Albany, New York and New Canaan, Connecticut. She is currently an Artist in Residence at The Albany Barn where she inspires artists among the city’s youth through her art instruction.
Megan has shown at the Sorelle Gallery, Sheldon Fine Art Gallery, Spa Fine Art Gallery, Certified Framing and Art Gallery, Albany Center Gallery, and Art Associates Gallery INC.
Megan has begun a new journey also with hand painted watercolor greeting and gift cards which can be found in Different Drummer’s Kitchen in Stuyvesant Plaza and Battenkill Bookstore in Cambridge, NY.