“Out to Pasture”
oil on panel
9 x 12 in
Ron Donoughe has made his career as a painter by painting what he knows and loves.
He has focused on two worlds of Western Pennsylvania, rural areas where he was raised and the city of Pittsburgh where he now lives. He has been a full-time painter for over 30 years and has made a significant contribution to that region. His work is primarily plein air, but he doesn’t like to be pigeonholed as an artist. When asked about his work he often talks about being a visual journalist. The paintings represent the times and places of his life.
Recent projects have included murals for a courthouse, paintings all 90 neighborhoods of Pittsburgh and a major permanent installation of paintings for the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. His work has been widely collected, especially in western Pennsylvania. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, and The Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh are just a few of the public collections that have acquired his paintings. Last year his 90 Pittsburgh Neighborhoods paintings were acquired by the Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, for permanent installation.
Ron has become known for taking a year or more to complete 60-100 plein air paintings that are used to complete an installation. It is a contemporary take on a traditional approach to painting. The small paintings interact with each other, giving a textural overview of a particular time and place. Ron believes such in-depth projects allow for a more thoughtful understanding of his subject. He has published three books of his work.
View more of Ron’s work at http://donoughe.com/