ron roland
contemporary landscapes in acrylic impasto style on birch panels
Although I have worked in both painting and assemblage, my love affair
with color and movement is witnessed only through my paintings. I
want my paintings to evoke participation. I want the viewer to be
plunged into the scene by the simple act of viewing. He or she should
be compelled and propelled into the painting.  I paint larger-than-life
tree scapes using a bold palette with high contrast. My style uses an
altered form of impasto painting, that is, I use a brush and not a palette
knife to build up the paint to create texture. I use no mediums in my
paint. I paint wet-on-wet and my board is both the substrate and the
palette, mixing colors as I paint directly on it. I mean to show our
sometimes conflicted and ambivalent love affair with nature. The trees
are unnatural, topiary like, but they tower over the little houses in
gigantic scale to show their perseverance. I started the tree landscape
series shortly after our Hurricane Ivan experience in 2004.  More
abstract and simplistic in the beginning, the ‘scapes have taken on a
life & world of their own. I began adding the little red-roofed houses
after a road trip through the Blue Ridge & Shenandoah Valley in 2006.
They completed the scope I was hoping to show with my manicured
giant trees.  The trees are both majestic and dreamlike, with a
synthetic sensibility and at the same time out of human control.

Ron began his career in art in early 1970s New Orleans, designing both
rock concert posters for The Warehouse and layouts for the Sears
catalog. He also did graphics and illustration for In Your Ear, a New
Orleans entertainment guide. He then started Prime Graphics with
colleagues from Harry Maronne's graphic design studio, later evolving
into Sunshine Graphics which he ran for 15 years, collecting numerous
graphic design awards, all the while serving as Director of the New
Orleans Graphic Design Association.  He attended McCrady School of
Art in New Orleans in the late 1960s after first attending L.S.U. as a
civil engineering major. Ron's work can be seen at fine art and craft
shows in the southeast and beyond.