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Animal Portraits: The Art Portfolio of Ronald George Straight


A painting of a crow on a pile of woodHome on the Range, oil on canvas

Ronald George Straight is an oil painter who produces vibrant landscapes and animal portraits, often combining elements of both into single paintings and even individual figures. Much of Ronald’s work explores personal themes of identity and solitude.


A painting of an eagle in close upRed Sky, oil on canvas

 

I really enjoy the cohesive colour scheme that Ronald tends to use in his works. Fiery oranges and reds dominate the artist’s backgrounds, often in combination with neutral browns and greys that express a prairie, tundra, or desert landscape. Most of the artist’s paintings are set in wide-open spaces, and just looking at the works gives an impression of the climate and air in a given location.


A screen capture of Ronald George Straight's art websiteRonald's art portfolio website

 

Ronald almost never includes human figures in his work – a deliberate choice, and a side effect of the fact that the paintings tend to represent and explore the artist’s own past, in which he was frequently alone. There is a palpable sense of solitude in these paintings. This isn’t to say that the paintings are joyless – quite the opposite. Each gives the viewer an impression of meditative, peaceful isolation.


A painting of a small dog in a frozen landscapeMandy in Snow, oil on canvas


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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