Ronald Tinney | Artist of the Week

Ronald Tinney was born in 1958 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Penn State University and Ohio Northern University Law School.  Ron is a full-time artist focusing on landscape painting, spending most of his time painting Coastal landscapes in oils.  He paints on location, en plein air, year-round studying nature and creating source material for his large studio paintings.

Ron is a past Cape Cod Art Association president. He has had paintings juried into shows at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, the Ventura Maritime Museum in California, the Coos Maritime Museum in Oregon, and the Oil Painters of America National show in New Mexico. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Cape Museum of Fine Art, Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Guild of Boston Artists.

“With my paintings, I attempt to capture the beauty of the Coastal Landscape.  Living on the East Coast, I am surrounded by salt marshes, harbors, and beaches.  These are the inspiration for my paintings, and I hope to capture a little of this magic on my canvases.

Most of my paintings originate from plein air studies I complete on location.  These studies are the source material for my larger studio paintings.  My goal with all my work is to capture the emotional impact the scene has on me and hopefully share that with the viewer.”

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An Interview with Ronald Tinney

A brief explanation by Ronald Tinney about the inspiration and creation process of his beautiful coastal landscapes.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Ronald Tinney and I am a full-time professional artist.

Why do you do what you do?

I live on the East Coast and I am drawn to the coastal landscapes.  I paint these scenes and attempt to capture some of the magic and beauty that I witness.

How do you work?

Most of my paintings originate from plein air studies I complete on the coast.  These paintings and sketches are the starting point for most of my larger studio paintings.

What’s your background?

I was in the insurance business and came to painting late in life.  I picked up my first brush when I was about 42 years old.  It started out as a hobby and shortly I was able to quit my job and become a full-time artist.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

I can’t speak for other artists; but for me, witnessing the beauty of nature in person is my inspiration.  I don’t work from photographs, so observation is integral to my work.

What role does the artist have in society?

Hopefully, artists can bring beauty into someone’s life.

How has your practice changed over time?

My working practice hasn’t really changed over the years.  My observation and technical ability have continued to improve through years of practice and study.  

What work do you most enjoy doing?

Coastal Landscapes.

What themes do you pursue?

I don’t really have themes I pursue.  My paintings are inspired by places and things I have seen in person.  During some periods I have been inspired by the beauty of a boat sailing.  Other times I am drawn to a beautiful sunset, but I don’t preplan what I am going to paint. 

What’s your favorite artwork?

Hopefully, my next painting.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you.

This week I witnessed a sunset that was unbelievably beautiful.  I just stopped in my tracks and stared in awe.  Unfortunately, it only lasted a few minutes.  I took some notes and sketched out the scene for a future painting.  I won’t be able to recreate the scene, but hopefully, I can capture a piece of it.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

In my view, it is appreciating the beauty around us each day.

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to and why.

I never wanted to be compared to any other artist.  I hope to create my own unique style and hopefully, there are other people who enjoy it. 

What’s your favorite or most inspirational place?

Anywhere there is water.  It could be the ocean, a lake, a pond, or a river.  There is always beauty near the water.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Focus on painting every day and the rest will take care of itself.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

To continue to grow and learn and become a better artist. 

A Painting’s Story with Ronald Tinney

“I was painting on location one day when a beautiful Cat Boat with a red sail slowly passed by.  I stopped what I was doing and just watched.  The red sail really “popped” against the green of the distant trees and the blue of the sky. It was just beautiful!!!   I was inspired to try and capture that scene from my memory.  The challenge was to get all the different shades of red caused by the sun, shadow and reflected light to read like a billowing sail.  I did several small color studies until I found one that seemed to work.  It is a scene I will always remember and hopefully, I captured enough of the scene that others will feel a little of the magic I saw that day.”

Ronald Tinney on the inspiration behind Quiet Breeze