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Solitary Prairie Life: Paintings by Ronald George Straight

A painting of an eagle soaring through a golden skyKindred Spirits, oil on canvas

Ronald George Straight grew up in various locations in the Canadian prairies before moving to Vancouver. The artist returned to painting after a long hiatus and now creates works that portray solitary prairie life and landscapes.


A painting of a horse with a fly on its snoutBlack Fly, oil on canvas

I really enjoy the color scheme that Ronald seems to utilize a large number of his paintings. The deep reds and oranges make every scene appear to be occurring right at the brightest part of sunset, giving figures and landscapes a dramatic flair. The artist’s scenes don’t tend to include human subjects, though animals and birds are ever-present. Ronald chalks this up to a multitude of time spent alone during his childhood, giving the paintings an added sense of conceptual depth.


The painting gallery on Ronald George Straight's websiteRonald's online painting portfolio


Ronald tends not to paint fully detailed backgrounds, though he doesn’t rely completely on abstraction or negative space. As discussed in our previous feature of Ronald’s dramatic, polished paintings, the artist often creates partial landscapes, then uses geometric lines and planes of color to draw the viewer’s eye across the work. 


A painting of some small birds flying on an abstract backgroundFlying with Friends

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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