Ron Cole biography
I don't make art for art's sake, I make windows in history - just like the models I built as a kid. That I've been able to play to the strengths of every conceivable media at my disposal means that I have that much more flexibility to create a truly convincing 'window' for the collectors of my work to enjoy. I hope that the results speak for themselves.
All of my paintings were created via a mix of media. I have several pure watercolors that were painted in more or less the traditional manner, but they're rare. They are haphazardly mixed in with paintings created by other means, a few pure acrylic pieces, and others that began life in acrylic but have been edited heavily in the digital realm. I know that the use of digital media scares some purists and I understand the reasons for that. But every fraction of every piece I paint is done by hand, the only difference being my manipulation of a different tool. There is nothing 'computer generated'. It's all me, and that's why I can in perfect conscience sign my name to each piece when I'm done. The truth is that there are some things that can best be painted digitally, with the advantages provided by separate layers (usually hundreds, in the case of many of my paintings). But there are also some things that can't be painted well digitally, such as anything organic that requires the subtle randomness of a shaky hand or the imprecise haphazardness of a wet sponge. It's the mix of all tools that provides the best effect.