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Colour and Scale: The Art Portfolio of Ronald George Straight

A painting with a surreal composition made up of paper airplanes and wood pillarsThe Greys, oil on canvas

Ronald George Straight is an artist originally from Winnipeg, who has lived in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and BC. In his paintings, Ronald captures the colour and scale of the prairie landscape, including wildlife and slice-of-life details. 

A painting of a bird flying over a wetland landscapeWetlands, oil on canvas


I really enjoy the way Ronald employs colour in his oil on canvas works. Looking at the artist’s portfolio as a whole, it seems that orange and reddish tones rise to the surface as the most prominent hues, leading to an overall sense of warmth and richness in the paintings. Works like Saskatchewan Sunset and The Drifter conjure imagery of the old west, with equine figures positioned before blazing sunsets on distant horizons. 

A screen capture of the front page of Ronald George Straight's art portfolio


The artist demonstrates great skill with the oil paint medium -- the works have a great balance between gestural colour layering and smooth blending, with moments of photo-realistic detail juxtaposed against backgrounds that embrace free abstraction and pure colour.

A painting of a man riding a horse into a sunsetThe Drifter, oil on canvas

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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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