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RON ANDREWS: PANORAMIC PERSPECTIVES
By Melissa McKenzie
As a child, Palo Alto landscape artist Ron Andrews’ youth was characterized by curiosity and experimental endeavors including drawing, graphics and photography. He sketched often and while living on the East Coast, dabbled in direct metal sculpture, but it was never a serious venture. However, after spending his career as a research physicist and research and development executive, Andrews picked up a paintbrush and began painting upon his retirement from Lockheed Martin in 2000.
“I started [my art training] with local workshops,” says Andrews. “Later, I sought out workshop opportunities with artist with national/international reputations. I continue to experiment and evolve – a Don Quiote quest for the perfect artistic language/ expression.”
As a mostly self-taught artist, Andrews’ work is all inspired by nature, painting landscape abstractions and landscape representations with abstract elements to communicate emotions, feelings or attributes associated with his chosen subject. Using water-based media – watercolors, acrylics, gouache, casein and gesso – the results of Andrews’ work are a mixture of realistic and conceptual ideas, allowing the viewer to imagine his location inspiration or create their own reality of the scene.
“I love nature and the outdoors,” he says. “Landscape comes naturally. Non-representational artistic expression has been and continues to be my challenge and goal.”
Inspired by the work of early Western American artists, including Thomas Moran’s subject matter and the loose style of California watercolorists, namely Jade Fon, Andrews cites the abstract expressionists as a representation of his greatest challenge in terms of artistic expression.
“I am inspired by a store of memories and experiences observing nature from mountainous wonder, to pastoral landscape, to intimate patterns and textures,” says Andrews. “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’.”
Andrews’ work is currently on display in the research contract administration office at Stanford University, Avid Bank and with private investors. His piece, “Surf’s Up” now on display at the Fallbrook Art Center’s “8th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition,” a show open only to artists who have earned signature status in one or more art societies and he recently took first place with “Winter Sierra IV” in a member only exhibition of the International Society of Experimental Artists.
Andrews is a member of the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, serving on its board for several years, including as president and vice president and heading the project to renovate, seismically upgrade and expand the league’s office building. Additionally, he has served on the board of Silicon Valley Open Studios and says he and his wife of the past 49 years enjoy being outdoors, traveling and volunteering within the community.
“[Art] is a means of expression that is both unique and challenge – it is a visual language,” he says. Additional information and a portfolio of Andrews’ work can be found at www.ronsartgallery.com.
Artist Ron Andrews
18 Atherton Living | March 2017