As a carpenter for over 40 years, I worked with architects who were very creative. Their work fit my sculptural way of thinking which was the basis for my original studio work. For the last few years I have done some reliefs, but for the most part my work has been in very large 2 dimensional format. Most of my bicycle and bird paintings are larger 6’ x 5’, 5’ x 5’.
I have a philosophical interest in the topic of beauty. My drawings and paintings represent my unending appreciation for nature, around and within each of us. Drawing and painting are passionate endeavors and, like having an insatiable sweet tooth, the more I draw and paint, the more I need to. Working from life means being close enough to a subject for a direct and palpable felt-sense, while observing from far enough away allows me to see the design of the “whole picture.” Feelings for my subjects are implicit in each mark, insuring the work takes on a life of its own.
I’m an observational painter, interested in light, color and values. Recently my main focus has been studying how colors interact. I try to paint a simple representation of the scene I’m observing, not getting too descriptive and detailed. Painting in the Catskills is a great challenge because the light changes so much and the feeling of a place varies so widely depending on the light. I love the feeling of time gone by in the hills and structures here.
Ron’s paintings strive to provide joy, mystery and a sensitivity to places, people and objects. He wants to honor his subjects for their accomplishments and service by removing distractions and painting in a celebratory light. Subjects may be organic or man-made, commonplace or grandiose, newly-minted or weathered over many years. He usually paints familiar surroundings and that means rural subjects in the Catskill mountains and urban NYC scenes.