French Clothesline

This is a 24" x 18" oil painting of a scene in a French town that I can't remember the name of.  My wife and I were there a few years ago and loved the scenery, so I am trying to paint from memory and photos taken at the time.  I like the little bit of graffiti, too.

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About Ron

I was born and raised in San Francisco and moved to Sonoma County in 1999.  As a child I spent many hours drawing superheroes from comic strips (Batman is still my favorite) and in early attempts at oil painting I used housepaints stored in our garage.  I eventually graduated to my first real set of oil paints at age 12 and I haven't stopped since.  I still have my first painting of the family dog, who I recall was a fairly reluctant sitter.

My formal training in art began when I was a student at the University of San Francisco, which had a cooperative program with the Academy of Art.  After receiving my undergraduate degree  in Sociology I migrated to the East Coast for graduate school, earning a Masters Degree in Planning from the University of Virginia.  Homesick, I returned to California and started a  23-year career in city planning, from which I retired in 2009.

I am now devoting a lot more time to painting and hope to share my art with as many people as I can.  I particularly enjoy painting the built environment, including the grittier side of urban life which I think can be quite beautiful.   I also love the Southwest and am beginning to truly appreciate the beauty of my adopted home, Sonoma County.

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