“It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.” Pablo Picasso

I am seduced by the art of making paintings. Walking into an oil painting class for the first time, I knew that I was home. It felt right to be at the easel and the smell of the oil paint and mixtures grabbed me. I discovered the possibility that I could paint during a watercolor demonstration at school. I began by drawing and doing watercolor sketches from life. I attended the Atlanta College of Art on a portfolio scholarship, studying design, painting and color theory (taught by an instructor that wore only black!). After moving back to the Gulf Coast, I continued to take workshops and challenged myself to become proficient in painting with watercolors, acrylics and oils.

I prefer to use acrylic paint on paper surfaces much as a watercolor, but with more layers. Currently, I paint mainly in oil on canvas, as the color is truer and it has the flexibility that offers so many possibilities. My subject matter ranges from realistic landscape and still life, to abstraction. I am drawn to a subject and paint intuitively as the forms, contrasts, and color are developed. Color and forms are added and subtracted until a balance is achieved.

Rhonda’s studio is now at her home in Albany, GA.