Ronald D. Russon was born and raised in a rural area outside of Lehi, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City. He was surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, many farms, and acres of cultivated ground. Raised in a family of five boys in an agrarian area, work was taught and expected. Being a big boy Ron and his brother were farmed out to the neighbors and relatives for labor and heavy lifting. They became known as "those Russon boys" and were often found helping with a flooded basement, shoveling as sundries, elbow deep in axle grease, etc. (The piano moving count is up to around 37.) In addition to the dairy farm, he maintained two other jobs to pay for his schooling.
When not working, Ron is often fishing, hiking, or drawing. Through his childhood, whether playing the "squiggle game" during religious activities or doodling on his notes, Ron was drawing. He never took art too seriously, or considered it as a viable career. He attended Utah Valley Community College and took a basic drawing class, and something about it felt right. He was accepted into the Illustration Design program at Brigham Young University and as he puts it "didn’t get fired, so I kept going." While going to BYU, Ron was involved in a severe car accident, leaving him with a smashed car and broken neck. It slowed his progress for a bit, but he recovered and went back to school, and even accomplished an internship in New York City at Illustration House, studying under several prominent illustrators and artists.
Ron became a freelance illustrator and gained several clients, but he is drawn back to his rural roots of farms and wildlife. Listening to bluegrass or space-pop, Ron paints in oil employing a loose brush and pallet knife to varied scenes, from a serene resting tractor in a windrowed field of hay to a cacophony of geometric colors creating luminescent bison. Through both abstraction and realism, his art reflects his relationship with nature and his communication with the outdoors.
By capturing the spirit of the landscape, Lolly Shera’s paintings evoke the subtle beauty and peaceful rhythms of nature. Using traditional techniques of early representational artists, she relies on her field sketches and plein air paintings, as well as her memory and imagination, to create paintings that exemplify a timeless, yet breathing sense of place.
Recent awards and accomplishments include her work featured on Animal Planet TV show, “Treehouse Masters” and the 2015 Best of Show award at the Clymer Museum & Gallery in Ellensburg, WA. She is currently preparing for a solo exhibition, titled, “From the Headwaters to the Sea” at the Clymer Museum and Gallery as well as a solo exhibition at the Burien Arts Gallery in Burien,WA, among other exhibits. Lolly is represented by Reinert Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, S.C. and Blowing Rock, N.C..
Ms. Shera studied classical figure drawing and painting at Gage Academy in Seattle, Wa and graduated from the Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, Wa. She has trained with some of the country’s leading contemporary artists, including Michael Grimaldi, David Leffel and Robert Liberaci, among others. The Hudson River School and Tonalist artist of the nineteenth century have had a significant influence on her work.
As an active outdoors woman, Lolly finds inspiration for her art in the wilderness. From the mountains to the sea, Lolly skis, hikes, kayaks and bikes to her painting sites. A native of Washington state, Lolly lives in Fall City, WA with her husband and has two grown children.
“The true end of art is not to imitate fixed material condition, but to represent living emotion.” by George Inness.
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