Ruth Rosu loves to paint. She’s been interested in painting all her life – from the time she was a very young girl to her golden years. But, it was only about 15 years ago that she really started enjoying her hobby.
More than five years ago, she was living in Daytona Beach, Fla., taking care of a friend who had had a stroke. She had painted while staying with him to keep him company. It was a way to pass the time together, she said. When he passed, Rosu wanted to be closer to her two daughters, who live in Saugerties and Stone Ridge. So, she moved back to Ulster County.
With a desire to paint landscapes, she discovered that she wanted to live on a property with more scenery. She was inspired by the Hudson River views and landscapes, making Birchez communities the perfect home. “I wanted to have that magnificent view,” she said.
Today, Ruth lives at Chambers Court – where her cottage overlooks the woods. Those woods are often the subject of her paintings. “I love the trees. I love to paint them.”
Why did she move to a Birchez property? “I think it’s the way seniors should be living,” she said.
Specifically, she likes that Birchez offers her a community of senior citizens who she can talk with, relate to and socialize, housing that is built with seniors’ safety in mind and are beautiful inside and outside, and activities such as craft club, garden club, movie club, social club, book club and Bible study.
Now that Ruth has friends at all Birchez locations, she visits each community regularly. For example, she goes to The Birches at Esopus each Thursday to visit their crafts studio and gallery as part of the Busy Bees Crafters group and on Monday afternoons you can find her in the crafts studio at Chambers.
She has primarily painted in oils and has done some watercolors. She even volunteered to design and paint a tugboat for the Tugboat Trail Festival. The tugboat was designed to reflect the style and look of The Birches at Esopus community. The tugboats were featured in a Memorial Day Parade and later auctioned off, with the proceeds going to charity. The tugboat is now on display at the gallery in Birches at Esopus. Now, she is experimenting more with craft painting, painting boxes and trying different techniques. “I must be getting brave in my old age,” she laughed.