Emotional Connections to Animals: Art by Sarah Ronald
Sarah Ronald uses her work as a way of creating emotional connections to animals. Her works often portray wildlife in canonical portraiture, imbuing each subject with human-like personality traits and presumed relationships.
I really enjoy the style that Sarah employs to create her animal portraits. The artist doesn’t aim for photo realism, but manages to capture a range of moods and a great amount of personality in each image. Using layers of colored pencil, paints and resins on surfaces including wood panel and paper, the artist builds up an image that has a great amount of depth and detail while maintaining an illustrative, hands-on quality.
Sarah’s recent works featuring animals like raccoons, foxes and weasels are great because they showcase the artist’s skill with rendering fur in a beautifully soft manner. Each portrait is made with obvious love and respect for the subject. This sense of appreciation is contagious and makes me as a viewer want to do as much as I can to help these creatures.