Ron Erickson, Bogota,NJ Member Since May 2008 Artist Statement Ron Erickson Born December 28, 1961 Tokyo, Japan Lives and works in Bogota,NJ
I've drawn and painted and sculpted as long as I remember. Never did go to Art School. However I do not claim to be self taught. I have studied with various people over the years and have gotten much from them. It started with Dorothy Langseder of Palisades Park who taught me the value of preparation, though in her class I was never prepared. I was ten and oil paint was a sensual joyous experience. My painting of Golgotha was my first pointedly expressionist endeavor. Wow the fire that I felt was amazing. My first teacher that I consider to be a profound influence on me,Sarah Chamberlain, encouraged me to really look. To see. Then as an artist, creative, to make something that resonated from within, from that which I saw. Abstract what I see. The teachers at the Art Students League have taught me the value of knowledge. Knowing, then putting that knowing into the work. Draw from the inside out. Diebenkorn, Bluemner, Hopper, Mondrian all painters that call to me to say"Look at us. See how we do it. Can you learn something from us?" I remember the first time I saw a Diebenkorn painting.I was on a painting binge and found this Art News magazine. I turned to find these Diebenkorn landscapes and was floored!A kindred spirit i thought.I will not say that I can hold a candle to him but ahh... if I could find the ability to tell truth like he did! I have my own voice and can learn how to better control it by listening to others before me. I've come to understand my work as Objective Abstraction. Abstraction based in the real world experience of colors shapes and light of the everyday scenes we all experience.I am enjoying the ride. The joy is in the journey and the best is yet to come. Painting for me is a expressive and liberating experience. Here you can purchase my work in print form on archival papers and canvas. Go to my website and you can buy the original paintings. Above all enjoy the ride.