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Painting is one of the most enjoyable parts of my life. Each piece of my original fine art is created with the intention of transporting the viewer to a new land. My landscape paintings immerse you into scenes of lush forests, calm lakes, and serene country paths. My chosen medium is oil on canvas. I find that oil painting helps me to blend colors in a way that creates softness and depth in my art. All of my artwork is developed with precise dimensions that enhance its perspective. My favorite colors to work with are blue, black, and silver. However, each painting is unique. Mother nature exudes a rainbow of colors, so I use what I am given. My goal is to paint a world that stimulates your imagination.
Intricate networks of form and color are the foundation of Ron Turner’s paintings. Whether he is recreating the contours of a city skyline or the dense patterns of leaves and branches in a forest, Turner uses a precise sense of line and composition to structure each work. In his cityscapes, straight lines and sharp angles are connected in grids that seem almost abstract. The skylines are often seen floating above fields of mist and sitting under subtly shaded skies, adding a dreamlike aura. His nature scenes take the free-flowing spontaneity of trees and fields, and place it into a framework that turns each scene into a complex arrangement of shapes and tones.
Turner currently works in oils on canvas, and oils are key to the subtlety of his color palette. He notes that the extended drying time of oils allows for the blending of colors while they are still wet, letting him create soft gradations that add depth to his work, and contribute further to the mix of abstraction and reality that makes his images unique.
New York Agora Gallery Interview
Can you talk a bit about yourself – where did you grow up, how did you discover your love for the arts, and what are your ambitions at the moment?
I grew up in Southern California which is a world of its own. Being raised in such a lively environment definitely played a role in influencing my creative side. I started with pastel drawings, many years ago. However, I never really pursued it seriously. It was nothing more than a hobby for me – just creating art and pictures for family and friends.
Growing up, I always admired the oil painting works in the galleries and museums I visited but I always considered oil paints a difficult medium. However, a few years ago, I decided to give it a try and found that it actually came very naturally to me.
In my art, I focus on perception and dimensions. I aim to continue working with oils. I truly believe the medium is my calling as an artist. I hope to continue to show at galleries and gain more followers and supporters over the years. I want to convey my art to those who appreciate it, and in doing so hope that it will enhance the lives of those who view it.
You sketched for a long time before picking up an oil brush – why the change?
As I mentioned before, I never pursued my chalk drawings seriously. But over the years, I realized that I wanted to make a change with my art. I wanted it have more impact. This is the reason I switched to oil paints and quickly discovered that I was much better at painting than sketching. My only regret is not starting to work in oils sooner. Now, I try to make up for lost time by painting as often as possible. Oil painting is by far the most enjoyable thing I do.
All of your artwork has a sense of mystery – buildings with no windows, unidentifiable skylines and a dark palette. Is this intentional or intuitive? What do these skylines symbolize?
The dark palette stems from my favorite colors being blue, silver and black. The decision to leave out the details on the building is intentional. Most of the skylines I paint are at a significant distance and I depict windows on individual buildings. I like to leave to stimulate imagination in my viewers.
My professional background in construction has also affected my art. I have always been fascinated by beautiful architecture, big city buildings, and tall concrete structures that reach to the sky. For me, it exhibits a sense of immense power and the real world most of us inhabit. There is a story, or even an entire separate world within those cities. People from every walk of life, diverse cultures, workplaces, the rich and the poor, all co-exist in that world. The main focus in my paintings is not only the skyline but the oceanic colors, the misty fog, and the beautiful, mysterious colorful skies. The skyline give my paintings dimension, whether identifiable or otherwise. I only title the identifiable cityscapes with the name of the city depicted, not the ones that are not unidentifiable, like Big City or City Reflections. I like to leave things for my viewers to find or see on their own. These skylines symbolize the beauty that exists despite the everyday hustle-bustle of the cities. You just have to look at it from the outside but imagine how it must be on the inside.
You also take a keen interest in music. Can you talk a bit about the instruments and the type of music you play as well as how has it influenced your art?
I play an unconventional specialty instrument called the pedal steel guitar. The music I play covers several genres of music. I have found that there are a lot of similarities between art and music that you can incorporate into both. Both music and art comes natural to me.
What do you want to convey to your audience with your art?
I want to convey my unique and distinctive style of landscapes and cityscapes and color schemes to my audience. I hope that through my cityscapes my viewers, from every walk of life, country, and culture, can view the beauty in our world and be encouraged to make it a better place for all of us to live in. I want my audiences to look at things from an outer perspective and to broaden their horizons, not confine themselves to their small circle of life. I want to portray a sense of peace, calm and beauty through my cityscapes and landscapes.
Do you have a favorite among your works?
I actually have two favorite works – Enchanted and San Francisco.
Enchanted has a dense black background with beautiful silver trees, shaded blue leaves and a lightly shaded pathway. The picture speaks of serenity and beauty. San Francisco 415, on the other hand, is a more recent favorite. The colors of the buildings, the way the blue blends into the ocean, the accented colors of the bridge and the dim white clouds on the silver background, make it both unusually intriguing and beautiful at the same time.
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