Our Featured Artists for March
This month we’re delighted to feature the works of semi-abstract artist, Ron Reynolds, contemporary artist and printmaker, Camilo Esparza and realist artist, Michelle Ripari, whose amazing works of art are produced with coloured pencils. Here’s a bit more information on each of our Featured Artists for March.
Ron was born in Mount Gambler, South Australia and now lives in Templestowe, Victoria. Starting out as a realist painter, his style has evolved into a more contemporary abstract impressionist style. He mostly paints in oils producing semi-abstract images built upon figurative studies drawn from life.
Most of his works are completed in the studio from reductive compositional drawings. His style is unique and lively and his paintings have a strong underlying structure achieved by line and colour.
Ron conducts painting classes in all mediums during school terms in Lower Templestowe, Victoria. These classes are designed for students and artists wishing to develop their work in an encouraging and innovative environment. No particular style is taught, as students are encouraged to pursue their chosen direction; anything from realism to abstraction. Experimentation, mental stimulation and invention are all desired outcomes.
Camilo grew up in Bogota, Colombia and started painting and printmaking at a very early age under the mentoring of his Dad, the Colombian Artist, Eduardo Esparza.
At the age of 16 he left home and travelled to London for a year to learn English. During this time he visited several major art galleries throughout Europe which he found overwhelming and inspiring.
In 2008 Camilo travelled to South Australia to take up further studies and soon after decided to make Adelaide his home.
After a recess from painting for almost 10 years, the spark of art was reignited from a visit to the workshop of Hans Heysen, which inspired him to express his views of the world with blank canvases and oils. Since then he has been painting and printmaking non-stop.
Camilo’s latest series called “Marine World” is inspired by the marine wildlife of Australia and some imaginary creatures as well. His intention is to send an awareness message of protection of marine species, especially those endangered.
Michelle is a Melbourne based artist who has always loved drawing. She completed a Bachelor of Teaching and also a Graduate Diploma of Special Education and moved from Bendigo to work as a teacher in a specialist autistic school.
Michelle’s love for drawing was put on hold for some time after a severe work injury, but her family kindly encouraged her to pursue art and since then she has not looked back.
Michelle has turned full circle and has returned to teaching, inspiring others with her enthusiasm and passion for fine art. Her greatest reward is to ignite confidence from participants who gain the positive “I can do this!” attitude.
We hope you enjoy viewing the outstanding art produced by our Featured Artists for this month.