About Ron


“I think of my work as ‘Contemporary Landscapes’. It is an expression of my inner feelings inspired by nature and the world around me. As a trained physicist, I have come to appreciate the artistic beauty, grandeur and emotion found in nature, and in landscapes in general. I am inspired by a store of memories and experiences observing nature from mountainous wonder, to pastoral landscape, to intimate patterns and textures. I describe my works as ‘contemporary’ as they are abstracted to be suggestive, as opposed to literal, to enable the viewer to interpret based on his/her past experiences and memories. I strive to invoke the emotion associated with experiencing a work of nature. I utilize texture, color, perspective, bold composition and degree of abstraction to be suggestive and provide emphasis. I work with all variety of water based media to exploit the spontaneity, flow and blending qualities of the media. I constantly experiment, searching for new means to express the amazing variety and splendor found in the natural scene, in my quest for more compelling ‘contemporary landscapes’.”      — Ron Andrews

I live and work in Palo Alto, California.  My early career was as a research physicist and then a R&D executive. Art is my second career after a career.  Art has become part of my lifelong quest to explore and experiment.  I have relied on independent studies and workshops with contemporary watercolorists of national and international reputation, and a lot of practice and experimentation.  I am a member of the California Watercolor Assoc., Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Art Association – Houston and I have served on the Boards of the Pacific Art League and Silicon Valley Open Studios.  I have participated in many national juried shows and won multiple awards.  My interest and focus is at the intersection of art and technology, constantly experimenting with new forms and techniques of artistic expression.  That artistic expression can best be described as ‘Contemporary Landscapes’.  I work with mixed watermedia, mixed media and digital.  I am a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists and the Watercolor Art Society – Houston.  I have been recognized in the recent publications, “International Contemporary Artists, Vol I” (ISBN 9789609322980); “International Contemporary Masters, Vol 5”, among others.

Recent juried shows include:

LaJolla Art Association 2006 “Dimensions”

North Valley Art League 2007 National Show

Photos and Art 2006 Landscapes Exhibition

Pacific Art League’s Juried Exhibitions, Various,  -2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Pacific Art League, Solo Exhibitions, 2009 thru 2015

Silicon Valley Open Studios Invitational Shows, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Northern California Arts 52nd Int’l Exhibition

Art Center of Estes Park 11th Annual Show

Northeast Watercolor Association 2007 Int’l Juried Show (Ampersand Award)

Society of Watercolor Artists 27th Annual Exhibition

2008 Saratoga Rotary Art Show

California Statewide Watercolor Exhibition/Competition, Triton Museum, 2008, 2010

University Art Juried Exhibition, 2010 (2nd Place – watercolor)

Gallery House, Palo Alto, CA, exhibiting artist, 2010 – 2011

Watercolor Art Society – Houston, 2011, 2013, 2015 International Expositions

California Statewide Painting Exhibition/Competition, Triton Museum, 2011, 2013

Triton Museum Midsummer Art Fest – 2011

Santa Cruz Art League, Earth Portraits: Contemporary Landscape, 81st Annual Statewide Exh. – 2011

Artavita.com 2011 Art Competition – Honorable Mention

Yosemite Renaissance XXVII – 2012

International Society of Experimental Artists Annual Exhibition – 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

San Diego Watercolor Society, International Exhibition – 2012

Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts & Sciences, “Works on Paper” – 2015

Art Forward Contests (Online, contemporary art) Contest 3, 2015

Billboard Creative Q4 2015 Show

Las Laguna Gallery, “Unconventional Means”, 2015

News about Ron:

Silicon Valley Open Studios Interview, April, 2011

Ron Andrews Bio for the website “Artistically Connected”