Detail from 'The Wash'.
Artist: Ron Baxter
By Ron Baxter
Scarborough based artist Ron Baxter likes to keep studio time down to a minimum and prefers to paint his seascapes and landscapes on site. His paintings are very different in style, some being big, bold and brash and others are very soft...
As a 'disabled' person I have long been fascinated by the nature of aesthetic values and how I, as an artist, interpret those values.
What is the difference, if any, between intrinsic and physical beauty? How does one interact with the other, can one exist without the other or is there a point of separation and if so where or what is it?
As an artist I want to explore what it is that I can add, substitute or ignore in the subject matter that will push the boundaries of the aesthetic, to discover and exploit the point of disconnection while at the same time hold on to the subjects and the artworks integrity.
Detail from 'Peasholm Park'
I try and keep studio time down to a minimum so most works are done on site in the countryside. I tend to concentrate on land and seascapes but not exclusively, the subject normally dictates the media and style of painting.
Strangely I find that if I try and impose a style on the subject, the painting will not work at all. To attune myself to the subject I can often be seen struggling with a painting, editing, it even destroying it, before I settle down and produce something that I like.
last updated: 24/04/2008 at 14:47
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