Artist Statement

Creating Art has been my touchstone for over a half century.

My studio occupies the entire basement of our old farmhouse.  Over the past decades, I have gathered and organized a treasure trove of potential assemblage.  This space is my paintbox.  There are works in progress everywhere to pick and choose from.

am constantly generating new projects.  Everything is in a state of becoming.  I am spontaneous, experimental and prolific.  The old and new morph and interweave.

My assemblage process centers on the recruitment of found objects liberated from past functions.  They are reconfigured in a combination of whimsy, concept, and symbol.  The work is often unified by areas of representational and abstract painting.

On Perception

Artists create because they are driven to do so. They also understand that their work will only exist through the eyes and minds of the viewer. The irony or magic of this is that every viewer will have a totally personal and unique mental impression of the work. This is where art exists.

What we see is the result of our human biological evolution. What is out there, ask any physicist, is a happenstance of atomic and molecular activity, fleeting and impermanent.

Our selfness is a gift that we can direct and develop. By peering into the universe within, we may also seek the silent world of spirit.

Biographical Information

In 1962 I began producing fine art and continue to explore with an ever-growing passion for the process.

1962 – 64 Art Institute of Miami. Full Scholarship
1962 –64 University of Miami – Two Art Scholarships
1966 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Summer Course
1964 – 68 Philadelphia College of Art, BFA Illustration, Partial Scholarship
1968 – 70 Freelance Illustration, New York City
1970 – 72 North American Publishing Co. – Art Director/Designer/Illustrator
1972 – 73 WPHL-TV Channel 17, Philadelphia – On Air and Promotional Artist
1973 – 74 The Drawing Board Studio, Lancaster, PA – Staff Artist
1974 – 75 Theodore Schwalm Co. – Lancaster, Pa – Jewelry Design/Watch Dial Production
1976 – Present Dream Framer Custom Picture Framing and Gallery, Owner

Ever Evolving Work

Works and their stories evolve in layers of personal meaning and imagery.  Projects begin with an impulse and end with an unexpected surprise.  It is natural for me to keep my work open ended.  This allows the viewer to imagine and create their own experience.  What they see is often a pleasant surprise to me.

Everything you see is Art For Sale

Contact me for an appointment for a private tour today. Together, we can create.

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Please feel free to stop in anytime during normal business hours.

Dream Framer
Ron Ettelman