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 Ron Elstad  (1944 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, marine, illustrator

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The following is from the Taos Gallery Scottsdale:


Impressionist landscapes of California, and occasionally nearby states, typify the painting of Ron Elstad. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bronze Medal in the Art of California Discovery Awards. As a canvas painter, he is primarily self-taught, but worked for ten years as a professional illustrator.

Elstad is acclaimed for his representational and "colorfully loose, yet controlled" style of "plein aire" painting for which he has collectors throughout the United States. A noted collector is Joan Irvine Smith of Southern California.

The artist uses pure color and avoids blacks and browns because he does not want his work to look dark or "muddy." He works with brushes and palette knives, which he ladens heavily with paint to create a heavy impasto effect. His technique is to add colors with single directional strokes, concentrating on one area at a time. Often he mixes his colors on the canvas by brushing them into each other.

Elstad credits his style to American impressionists, particularly those painters of early twentieth-century Southern California including Carl Oscar Borg, Hanson Puthuff, Edgar Payne and William Wendt.

As one of the group that revived the California Art Club, founded in 1909, Elstad expresses his commitment to preserving, not only the traditions, but the quality of brush work and color of those preceding impressionists. In Southwest Art magazine, February 1995, Elstad and his peers were described as the "New Generation of California artists bonded by a reverence for the pure, spiritual beauty of nature. Like their predecessors, who were among our first environmentalists, todays artists are inspired by the light and shadow and the unique color palette found in Californias endless supply of natural subjects."

Ron Elstads painting is expressive of strong emotions about his natural surroundings and sensitive to precious qualities of the landscape that is increasingly enveloped by urban sprawl.

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