Ron Patterson, Santa Fe, NM Member Since September 2006 Artist Statement Ron Patterson studied art at the Central Academy of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio where he studied under the distinguished painter of Western Art, Jackson Grey Story.
Patterson worked for many years as a commercial artist and illustrator before entering the world of fine art.
“As an artist, what I’m most interested in is relationships,” says painter Ron Patterson. In each piece you can see the tension between abstraction and definition, the interesting relationships of his colors, and the balance of light and dark. “Well sure, there’s that,” he admits, but goes on to explain that it’s the intimacies between people that fascinate him. The relationships we have with others, with our pets, with the natural environment. “My scenes are mostly very specific and its not that I want to paint a
portrait of Bud and Betty as much as I want to portray the essence of that moment. Whether they are flirting with each other on the dance floor, or having a quiet picnic in a field of wildflowers. I’m looking at a deeper level of communication that comes from the body, the atmosphere. That’s why I don’t have faces.” It’s almost an invitation for the viewer to fill in the details of themselves or their loved ones.
Yet there’s also an element of voyeurism to his work. We’ve seen those lovers in the restaurants and festivals. And we’ve seen those dogs on main street and those cows in the fields outside of any town in the world. They are images that made us laugh, or cry, or remember when, or overwhelmed by the beauty on this planet. Collectors of his work touch on differing elements, but each is adamant about what exactly they fell in love with each particular painting.
Acrylic paint is his preferred medium now for it is particularly suited to achieving the fast impressionistic snapshots of a moment. Patterson’s characteristic strokes of
definition are lines that are elegant and expressive all on their own. It’s almost like
a Matisse line drawing washed with full color. His flowing images are inquisitive,
explorational, and strike chords of recognition in viewers of his work. You remember
the sadness of a similar situation, the echoes of laughter of wrestling with your
childhood dog, or the tender nakedness of being with the one you love in a crowd of festival goers.
Currently Showing in
The Stephenson Gallery
Santa Fe, NM
Group Shows in
Nantucket Art Association Gallery
Cincinnati Men’s Art Club Gallery
Key West, FL
Chapman - Freidman Gallery
One Man Shows
Lima Artist Association Gallery
March 2002 article on 5 artists from the Rocky Mountains
Summer Issue 2004
Wild West Fest Artist for 2004