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
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.
Associate of Arts, 1988