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Ronda Waiksnis Peachtree City, Georgia

Ronda Waiksnis captures abstracted, atmospheric movement through her direct application painting process. Rarely using brushes, she applies heavy layers of paint with large palette knives and other tools, shifting the oil paint instinctively. Ronda is inspired by her natural surroundings and strives to capture the mood of any given day. The artist uses muted earth tones and receding horizon lines to demonstrate depth, conveying the transient sky or evanescent reflections in water with expressive feeling. Ronda aims to make art that is emotive and visceral, organic and unrefined. She is passionate about the endless possibilities for innovation that being an artist offers.

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    About The Artist

    Ronda Waiksnis captures abstracted, atmospheric movement through her direct application painting process. Rarely using brushes, she applies heavy layers of paint with large palette knives and other tools, shifting the oil paint instinctively. Ronda is inspired by her natural surroundings and strives to capture the mood of any given day. The artist uses muted earth tones and receding horizon lines to demonstrate depth, conveying the transient sky or evanescent reflections in water with expressive feeling. Ronda aims to make art that is emotive and visceral, organic and unrefined. She is passionate about the endless possibilities for innovation that being an artist offers.

    Artist Statement

    The utter capriciousness of the creative process is one I welcome and embrace. There is something about letting go, and allowing a painting to develop from an intuitive evolution. Without question, the physical act of painting is important to the finished painting itself. I paint standing, and I move around the canvas, trying to maintain that ideal balance between creative abandon and physical control. For me, it takes these actions to make a beautiful finished painting that remains somewhat organic and unrefined. My paintings are landscapes that have been "found" not "built".

    I hope to suggest a particular environment without getting too lost in the details. I'd like the viewer to bring his or her own impressions or reflections to the painting without being taken there directly by me. Communicating the essence of a landscape is my goal. Leaving some of the imagination to the viewer is key to that I think.

    I'm inspired by the emotional reactions we have to our natural world. The movement of the sky, the reaction of the earth underneath, and the deep-toned colors, combine to make a landscape that I never tire of. Using large brushes, palette knives, and sometimes my fingers, I am a direct application painter. I mix the oil paints directly on the canvas or paper with putty knives, some as large as twelve inches. I have only a few brushes and I use them sparingly.

    Striving for work that is emotive, visceral and expressive, my interpretations of our natural surroundings is more of a feeling than a strict observation.

    Artist Background

    Broward College
    Associate of Arts, 1988

    Hear What Collectors Say About Ronda's Work

    Ronda Waiksnis 2/27/2018 | 1:59 PM

    Thank you so much, Alison! I really appreciate your kind words and am glad you are enjoying the painting! All the best, Ronda Waiksnis

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    A Dykstra purchased this artwork. 2/27/2018 | 12:40 PM

    I love this piece and others done by the artist. Good job; can't wait to frame and hang it. It arrived quickly and well wrapped.

    Ronda Waiksnis 10/17/2017 | 12:09 PM

    Hi Tom, What a great question! Here's a few thoughts for framing works on paper. The most important thing is to do nothing to the work of art that isn’t reversible. Nothing permanent should be adhered to an original work of art. Make sure the framer intends to T-hinge or "float" the painting to the framing materials and that they use only archival materials. So contact adhesives, dry-mount materials, tapes that aren’t intended for matting purposes or many other pastes and glues available should not be used. Also, if you use glass make sure it doesn't touch the painting. This painting has been varnished and actually could be framed without glass. This painting has a beveled, interesting edge and I always recommend floating it on top of a mat. This technique really shows off the fact that it’s an original. Also placing the painting on top of a mat, instead of underneath it, will help expand the painting visually, especially since it's a landscape. In terms of colors I would choice a pale mat that closely matches the most prominent color of the painting. I like the idea of a soft metallic for the frame for this piece but your surrounding decor might be a consideration also. Thanks so much and please let me know if you have any other questions! Ronda Waiksnis

    T Thomas 10/16/2017 | 7:16 PM

    We just purchased your "Colors of Huitt Creek" painting and wondered if you had any suggested framing thoughts. It will be going on a light white wall so no wall color issues. Matted, not-matted. If matted, single, double? Just wondering what the artist's thoughts are.

    Ronda Waiksnis 11/1/2016 | 8:09 AM

    Hi Mary, This is the only version of this painting. It's an original so it is the only one of it's kind. Thanks and please let me know if you have any other questions. Ronda

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    M Robinson 10/31/2016 | 10:18 PM

    are there two versions of this painting?

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