Ron Rencher

headshot of ron rencherA native of Utah, Ron was born in St. George.  He spent his early formative years on the family’s ranch north of St. George, in the Pine Valley Mountains.  Ron credits those early years as being critical to his lifelong love of nature which led him into landscape painting.  He started painting in oils during his junior high years, pursuing art throughout his years of secondary education, and earning a B.A. degree in Fine Art at Southern Utah University where he graduated in 1975.

Ron started his early career painting Southern Utah landscapes, including five winters in and near Zion National Park, occasionally venturing to the Grand Canyon.  At this time he was working exclusively in watercolor, a medium he mastered in a short five years.

In 1987 Ron moved to Taos to further his career, seeking name recognition and expanded gallery representation.  At that time he began focusing on oil painting, a more complex and tactile medium.

In 2001 he and his wife-artist Carlene Reeves moved to Canyon Lake, Texas to be closer to Carlene’s aging father.  They live and work in their home studios.  They often travel to various locations, ranging from California to Maine, to paint on location and taking their works back to the studios for use as studies for larger paintings.  Their future plans are focused on a move back to Taos.

His post collegiate art education included classes with Ned Jacob, Mark Daily, Dan Gerhartz, Lowell Ellsworth Smith, and Milford Zornes. His artistic mentors include, Len Chmiel, Dan Pinkham, Walt Gonske, and the late Jim Jones.

Ron’s  most recent accolades include:  Golden Thunderbird (Artist’s Choice), Gold Medal for best group of paintings overall, 2015 Maynard Dixon Country Invitational., at the Bingham Gallery in Mt. Carmel, Utah;  Plein Air Magazine Associate Member Award of Excellence at the American Impressionist Society 17th National Juried Exhibition;  Best Associate Honorable Mention at the Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition.

He is included in  several books and magazine features:  Art of the National Parks; Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations, Fresco Books;  Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts, Gibbs Smith Publisher; Enchanted Isle, A History of Plein Air Painting in Catalina Island; feature articles in Art of the West, American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine,  Plein Air Magazine; and the PBS series Plein Air: Painting the American Landscape.

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