Ron Arthaud - Plein air painter
Ron was born and raised near St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended the University of Minnesota in Duluth, on the shores of Lake Superior. He received a BFA in 1984. From 1984 – 1987, he was a full-time student at Atelier LeSueur, a small classical realist art school in the Minneapolis area. There he studied under Richard Lack among others, and focused on learning how to “see,” painting and drawing directly from nature, models, and still-lives.
 
 In 1989, he moved West and ended up by chance in the Mendocino, California area where he found a great supportive community of artists and friends. Ron had his first solo show there in 1990. At that same time, he began teaching and facilitating life drawing groups. 
 
 In 1992, he packed up and moved to southern France, in the countryside east of Toulouse. There he painted, taught some, and shipped his finished work back to a gallery in Mendocino. 
 
 In 1995, he returned to the states and traveled around the Southwest, looking for a place he could build a home and live as a full-time artist. At a friend's suggestion, he made a trip to Tuscarora, Nevada, and fell in love with the ghost town, bought an old ruin from the 1870’s, and got to work restoring it.
 
Today Ron and his wife, jeweler Gail Rappa, and their 3-year-old son, Theo live year round in Tuscarora, making art and restoring their home.
 
Artist's Statement
 
"I love to see the abstract in nature, squinting and closing one eye, imagining a painting.  My paintings are often about capturing the beauty in ordinary, discarded things: rusty cars, a broken down fence, the shadows cast from old pickets in the snow. All becomes a composition, a subject, something my eye wants to linger over. I need to be right there in the environment, holding still, to find a composition and capture the colors I see with my palette of primary paint. My goal is that the  “abstract” designs I paint retain the feeling of space, electricity and interaction of the objects, and ultimately express a feeling of place." 
 
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Education
1993-1994  Plein Air Painting Residency, Southern France
 
1989-1992  Continuing student, figure painting and drawing College of the Redwoods, Fort Bragg, California
 
1987-1988 University of Minnesota, Art History, Languages, History of Architecture  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus
 
1987 Portrait student Richard Lack, Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
1984-1987 Full-time student, Atelier Le Sueur, Excelsior, Minnesota
 
1980-1984 University of Minnesota, B.F.A. Studio Arts;       School & Department Honors University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota
 
Teaching
1997-2006    Painting and Drawing Great BasinCollege, Elko,
                    Nevada
2006-2007    Plein Air Instructor, St. Mary’s Art Center,
                     Virginia City, Nevada
2000             Plein Air Instructor Live Art, Soreze, France
1998             Plein air Instructor MendocinoArtCenter,  
                    Mendocino, California
1994-1995    Plein Air Instructor Live Art, Santa Rosa,
                     California
1994             Plein Air Instructor Live Art, Soreze, France
1991             Plein Air Instructor Le Chien Vert, Lacrosille,
                     France
1993             Plein Air Instructor MendocinoArtCenter,
                     Mendocino, California
1993             Plein Air Instructor Le Chien Vert Lacrosille,
                    France
1991             Plein Air Instructor MendocinoArtCenter
1991             Lecturer “Early California Landscape Painters”
                    MendocinoArtCenter
1990-1991   Facilitated life drawings sessions Mendocino Art
                     Center
Exhibitions
2007    Renown Health Center: Permanent Collection, Reno,
            Nevada
2006    Three person exhibit: Great Basin Gallery 
            20Anniversary Exhibition, Carson City Courthouse,
            Carson City, Nevada
2004    Two-person exhibit, Nash Gallery, Crockett, CA.
2004    Nevada Touring Initiative, NevadaMuseum of Art,
            Reno, Nevada
2002    Solo Exhibit, William Zimmer Gallery, Mendocino,
            California
2002    Solo Exhibit, RenoCity Hall, Reno, Nevada
2001    Guest Artist, NevadaMuseum of Art, Reno, Nevada
2001    Group Show, Contemporary Arts Collective,
            Las Vegas, Nevada
2000    Invitational exhibit, WesternFolk-LifeCenter, Elko, 
           Nevada
2000    Solo Exhibit, Main Street Gallery, Murphy, California
2000    Solo Exhibit, Northeastern NevadaMuseum, Elko,
            Nevada
1998   Get Real Group show, Galleria Mesa, Mesa, Arizona
1995    Solo Exhibit, Gallery Mendocino, Mendocino, CA.
1994    Solo Exhibit, Gallery Mendocino, Mendocino, CA.
1994    Group show, Le Chien Vert, Lacrosille, France
1994    One-person exhibit, Sparkasse Bank, Grunstadt, 
           Germany
1993    Solo Exhibit, Gallery Mendocino, Mendocino, CA.
1993    Solo Exhibit, Chamber of Commerce, Castres, France
1992    Two-Person exhibit, Winona Gallery, Mendocino, CA
1991    Solo Exhibit, Showcase Gallery, Mendocino, CA
1991    Solo Exhibit, NorthCoast Artists, Fort Bragg, CA
1990    Juried Participant, FortBraggCenter for the Arts,  
           Fort Bragg, California
1990   Two-person exhibit, Showcase Gallery
            Mendocino, CA
           
 
 
 
 
 
 
                
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