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The summers of Ron Rencher's youth were spent on the family ranch, which provided him with the rewarding experiences of country life. These were experiences that helped to shape the character of a boy who would later turn to the brush and canvas for inner peace.
When Ron was ten years old his father died in an accident. His mother eventually remarried and the family moved from a small Utah town to Orange County, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.
Ron felt like a fish out of water in his new environment. His salvation was finding the paint box that his father had used in college over twenty years earlier. Ron recalls, "The paints, brushes, palette, and mediums were all still intact and viable. Dad took good care of his painting gear, so I was able to use what he left to get started. I was twelve at the time, and my first inspiration was from paintings he had done in college that were hanging in our home."
Needless to say, Ron's interest in art continued throughout his school years. He graduated from Southern Utah State College with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art in 1975. It was during his college years and for eight years after that Ron took on the responsibility of maintaining the family ranch. During his post-collegiate years on the family ranch Ron made attempts at painting, but in his words, "A career in painting demands that you devote yourself at least 100% to the endeavor. You can't be half-hearted or have the distractions of other occupations. So eventually I made my break and turned the responsibilities of the ranch over to my brother.
After leaving the ranch, Ron worked in watercolor for five years in and around Zion National Park with excursions to the Grand Canyon and the Indian Country of Northeastern Arizona. He works in oils now, but occasionally Ron still paints in watercolor, "a seductive medium with a will of its own." However, oil painting is a constant challenge and a medium that he feels is more conducive to working en plein air. Ron is committed to working from life, either in the studio with still life setups or outside on location.
His wife, Carlene Reeves, is also an artist. There is no competition between them. On the contrary, they give one another valuable critiques to help them grow in their art. Ron and Carlene also take painting trips together. Ron says, "It's just great to have a mate who understands you. No one understands an artist like another artist. It's a real partnership."
Ron teaches oil painting workshops as an adjunct to his painting career. He says that "teaching is a wonderful learning experience, since it requires that the instructor be 'brushed up' on his knowledge, and having to verbalize that knowledge reinforces it. It's also amazing how much students give in return."
Ron and Carlene moved to her home state of Texas in the Fall of 2001 where they have built their winter home and studios. They plan to build a summer home/studio back on the ranch in Utah. So life may take on an added dimension by coming full circle for Ron, bringing him back to his roots. He plans on teaching workshops at the ranch and its environs, an area rich in natural beauty and history.
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
THINKING CONCEPTUALLY FOR BETTER RESULTS(475) Bainbridge Island, Washington 8/1/2013-8/4/2013
If we, as artists, can learn to think conceptually rather than literally we will be on the path to true creativity. Painting the landscape is a difficult task, but it can be made much easier it we can learn to conceptualize what we are looking at. There are several basic visual concepts that artists can choose from to get oriented and which will allow greater ease in the design of the painting, which in turn leads to a better outcome. If we don’t think in this creative way, we will be locked into a literal interpretation of the scene, resulting in slavish adherence to useless details.
In this class the students will learn the visual concepts and how to employ them in the creation of their paintings. We will work out of doors, as nature, when studied directly, is the best source of information and inspiration.
The instructor will provide demonstrations of concepts and techniques, as well as group and individual critiques. Students can expect a high
level of individual attention.
Seeing is Believing: The Artist's Eye(595) Bernard, Maine on Mt. Desert Island 9/23/2013-9/27/2013
Seeing with the artist's eye is the begining of transforming one's approach to the process of painting. Personalizing the subject matter with your own interpretation begins with seeing what is obvious then stating it in a visual language that is unique to you. The inspiration for this workshop is the environs in and around Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, Maine.
The process of painting needs to be intentional. The best way to proceed with intent is by focusing on a concept. The concept is the idea, the framework, or plan, of the painting, and may be about light and shadow, color, shapes, silhouette, backlighting, and etc. Without the concept we are not focused on anything in particular, and therefore may be trying to say too much. With the framework and intent that a concept provides we can hold on to that initial inspiration which was the source of our enthusiasm, and we can then proceed through the process of painting a scene with control, intent, and simplicity, allowing us to say what is essential without overstatement.
This class will be conducted outdoors, on location as much as weather permits. In the technical aspects of creating a painting the students will be required to state their idea/concept, and will be made familiar with specific composition types, and value schemes, and principles which they will use as the design framework of their paintings.
The instructor will give demonstrations, and individual as well as group critiques. Each student will receive personal attention and guidance.
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