These paintings highlight the natural beauty of the Allegheny mountains and also search for glimpses of beauty (hope) in our built landscapes.
Natural beauty is easy to find here in the northern Alleghenies. It is our treasure, the beautiful façade we show off to visitors. There is brokenness as well, easily seen in fractured landscapes, shabby buildings, crumbling bridges, and neglected properties, all evidence of broken spirits and discouraged dreams.
I paint with paper and hot wax. Mixed media and encaustic are both mediums that allow me to explore the many layers of a landscape.
Ronald Netsky is Professor of Art at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York where he teaches printmaking. He also teaches printmaking at the Woodstock School of Art. He received his BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1973 and his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1975. His prints are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz and other collections.
Artist Statement: I am a printmaker, but I have never thought of printmaking as a way of reproducing images. I think of etching and lithography as primary media and the ability to make multiples, a fringe benefit. Over three decades I have come to know these media not as devices to produce quantities of an image, but as the means to create unique works of art that could not be created in any other way. I have always tried to find my own voice and my own vocabulary, picking up on idiosyncrasies and pushing farther in their directions. In approaching my work I put out of my mind any notion whatsoever about postmodernism or any idea about the artist’s role in the 21st century. I trust myself to gravitate toward the subject matter most important to me. Over the past decade this has tended to be the interplay between organization and chaos found in nature.