oil on canvas
48 x 60 in.
‘Vistas and Visions of the Colorado Plateau’ showing now.
Book on his artistic odyssey coming soon.
About the Artist:
Ron Larson paints what he feels. With an art career spanning 40+ years, his philosophy is that everything presents itself as art. “Sometimes I use the bold colors of oil, and sometimes the softer feel that watercolor offers, but always finding contrasts, where there are deep, dark shadows and striking reflections of light. I spend my time in nature looking for places that speak to me, that give me a special feeling of peace and beauty. I usually don’t know when or where the feeling will come, and at times I have thought I was going to do an oil painting, but found nothing would work until I focused on doing a watercolor instead. Then, as everything would come together, I would know the timing was right for that particular art to be revealed.”
Ron has been in numerous juried shows throughout the West, and has won myriad awards and recognitions, most recently winning Best of Show from the Outdoor Painters Society’s Associates Online Exhibition with entry into the 2016 Plein Air Southwest Salon at the Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas; Honorable Mention at the Oil Painters Society’s 2015 Salon Show Juried Exhibition at the Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama; and being a finalist in other competitions. Ron’s most recent events include the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park Plein Air Invitationals, and having four paintings chosen by the University of Utah in their public art call. Ron’s most recent major project was an 18-month solo show at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Arizona, “Vistas and Visions of the Colorado Plateau,” which featured approximately 40 of his paintings, a looping powerpoint featuring his art, and the work-in-progress building of an interpretive book, explaining the geography, history, anthropology, geology, biology, and archeology of the Colorado Plateau – also highlighting his art. This Exhibit then traveled to the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Art Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah, where it was on display for 4 weeks.
Ron explains: “Art, both its creation and the experience of enjoying it, is a wonder that can heal the soul. As a landscape painter, I feel a closeness to the natural world, and if my art can help people to connect in a deep and meaningful way to the beauty that surrounds us, my hope is that people will have a greater desire to protect and preserve this beautiful planet. All of my art is meant for such an outcome, and I experience a great satisfaction when someone feels something from my art.”