Ron Arthaud - Plein air painter
Artist Statement
I love to see the abstract in nature, squinting, 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 to capture the real color I see with my palette of primaries. 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.
 Ron Arthaud

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 Atelier LeSueur, a small  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, their son Theo & daughter Serafina live year round in Tuscarora, making art and restoring their home.

2015     Tuscarora
             Carson City Community Center’s Sierra Room
             851 E. William Street, Carson City, Nevada

2014    Painting the West Stremmel Gallery 1400 South Virginia Street 
                                          | Reno, Nevada 89502
2013      Painting the West Stremmel Gallery 1400 South Virginia Street 
                                          | Reno, Nevada 89502
2007    Renown Health Center: Permanent Collection, Reno,
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,
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, 
2000    Solo Exhibit, Main Street Gallery, Murphy, California
2000    Solo Exhibit, Northeastern NevadaMuseum, Elko,
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, 
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
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
1997-2006    Painting and Drawing Great BasinCollege, Elko,
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,
1994             Plein Air Instructor Live Art, Soreze, France
1991             Plein Air Instructor Le Chien Vert, Lacrosille,
1993             Plein Air Instructor MendocinoArtCenter,
                     Mendocino, California
1993             Plein Air Instructor Le Chien Vert Lacrosille,
1991             Plein Air Instructor MendocinoArtCenter
1991             Lecturer “Early California Landscape Painters”
1990-1991   Facilitated life drawings sessions Mendocino Art

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