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Featured Artist: Ron Roland, Contemporary Landscape Painting

One look at Ron Roland’s art and it becomes obvious that he not only likes trees and color, but he likes perfectly shaped trees and beautiful, rich color.

The Florida painter describes his work as contemporary landscapes in acrylic impasto style on birch panels, noting that he has a “love affair with color and movement...I want my paintings to evoke participation. I want the viewer to be plunged into the scene by the simple act of viewing.”

Ron Roland is similarly caught up in his surroundings. In the Florida Panhandle he saw Hurricane Ivan first hand. Watching the fury of the storm descend and viewing the aftermath, so that now his landscapes have become a way to show our sometimes conflicted and ambivalent love affair with nature, the prevailing trees and water which the storm did not destroy.

“I paint larger than life treescapes using a bold palette with high contrast. My style uses an altered form of impasto painting. That is, I use a brush and not a palette knife to build up the paint to create texture. He paints wet-on-wet and the board is both the substrate and the palette, as he mixes colors as he paints directly on it.

After a long career in the arts that included being a graphic designer he is now participating in art fairs full time because of the opportunities to show his work to the large numbers of people who attend the shows. 

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Comment by Melanie Rolfes on December 22, 2013 at 1:40pm
I am a fan!
Comment by geri a. wegner on December 22, 2013 at 7:46pm

Wow, can't wait to see him at Beaux Arts.

Thanks Connie.

Comment by Connie Mettler on December 23, 2013 at 7:32am

I have to tell you...usually I know the people who we feature on this site but I have not met Ron nor seen his work. But when I saw this and read his story I was so impressed. This is really original work, a wonderful eye, great graphic images ... amazing work. I don't think he comes to the Midwest, but because he lives in The Panhandle, Geri, I think you'll have several chances to meet him.

His wife, Suzanne Ens, is active on AFI.

Comment by Suzanne Ens on December 23, 2013 at 9:54am
Sorry that Ron will actually not be at Beaux Arts this year - and sorry also that I have not yet updated his schedule page on his website! Although Ron was a featured artist at Beaux last year he is not doing that show in 2014 but instead will be at the second year January Sarasota event by Paragon.
Comment by Suzanne Ens on December 23, 2013 at 9:56am
Also, we do in fact do some Midwest shows, Ron did the East Lansing show last year and has also done Krasl and is very much hoping to be there in 2014....
Comment by geri a. wegner on December 23, 2013 at 10:12am

Darn, I am so disappointed he won't be at Beaux Arts.

Comment by Suzanne Ens on December 23, 2013 at 1:18pm
Thanks Geri, we were too. Was his best show last year, or one of the best, and has been there 7 or 8 years. Just goes to show you there are no constants in this biz!
Comment by Suzanne Beavis on December 28, 2013 at 12:02am

Very nice! Love the colors in the blue landscape.

Comment by Christina L. Towell on December 28, 2013 at 9:26am

Lovely!  The colors and images are evocative of French Impressionism but with a modern twist...very cool.


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