• Prairie Bastion 60x48 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

    Wet Paint

    November 2, 2018

    "Prairie Bastion" 72x48 oil on gallery wrapped canvas. Available at Gallery Wild Gallery

    Red Tree Trio 36x48 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

    Wetter Paint

    November 2, 2018


    "Red Tree Trio" 36x48 oil on gallery wrapped canvas. SOLD

  • About me

    Ronald D. Russon was born and raised in a rural area outside of Lehi, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City. He was surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, many farms, and acres of cultivated ground. Raised in a family of five boys in an agrarian area, work was taught and expected. Being a big boy Ron and his brother were farmed out to the neighbors and relatives for labor and heavy
    lifting. They became known as "those Russon boys" and were often found helping with a flooded basement, shoveling as sundries, elbow deep in axle grease, etc. (The piano moving count is up to around 37.) In addition to the dairy farm, he maintained two other jobs to pay for his schooling.

    When not working, Ron is often fishing, hiking, or drawing. Through his childhood, whether playing the "squiggle game" during religious activities or doodling on his notes, Ron was drawing. He never took art too seriously, or considered it as a viable career. He attended Utah Valley Community College and took a basic drawing class, and something about it felt right. He was accepted into the Illustration Design program at Brigham Young University and as he puts it "didn’t get fired, so I kept going." While going to BYU, Ron was involved in a severe car accident, leaving him with a smashed car and broken neck. It slowed his progress for a bit, but he recovered and went back to school, and even accomplished an internship in New York City at Illustration House, studying under several prominent illustrators and artists.

    Ron became a freelance illustrator and gained several clients, but he is drawn back to his rural roots of farms and wildlife. Listening to bluegrass or space-pop, Ron paints in oil employing a loose brush and pallet knife to varied scenes, from a serene resting tractor in a windrowed field of hay to a cacophony of geometric colors creating luminescent bison. Through both abstraction and realism, his art reflects his relationship with nature and his communication with the outdoors.

  • Press







    Video of a collaboration with Shawn Porter.



  • Exhibits

    Of the Earth" - Gallery Mar - 2014
    "Desert Plateaus" - UTah Artist Hands - 2013
    "Wild About Horses" - UTah Artist Hands - 2012
    Untitled 2012" - Utah Arts Council - 2012
    My Favorite Place" - Gallery Mar - 2012
    Summer's Light" - Gallery Mar - 2012
    "10 Year Anniversary Show" - Utah Artists Hands - 2012
    "Abstract Thoughts" - solo show - UTah Artist Hands - 2011
    Good Things" - Gallery Mar - 2011
    "Orange Utahn" - Hogle Zoo - 2011
    "4 Person Show" - Utah Artists Hands - 2010
    Color Theories" - Gallery Mar - 2010
    "Wasatch Society of Artists Show" - Williams Fine Art - 2010
    "3 Person Show" - Gallery at the Station - 2010 
    "B.Y.U. 30 Years of Illustration Alumni Show" Harris Fine Art Center B.Y.U. - 2010
    "Central Utah Art Center Juried Show" - Ephraim, Utah - 2010
    "Annual Winter Group Show" -  Gallery Mar - 2009-10
    "Red Rock Tapestry"- UTah Artist Hands - 2009
    "Wasatch Society of Artists Show" - Covey Center for the Arts - 2009
    "Two Person Show" - Gallery Mar - 2009-12 
    "Art Fundraiser" - Kimball Art Center - 2009
    "Postcards from Utah" - UTah Artist Hands - 2008 
    "Lehi Celebration Art Show" - Glen Smith Theater - 2008-2011 
    "B.Y.U. Illustration Alumni Show" - Utah County Exhibition Gallery -2008 
    "Freedom Festival Art Show" - Covey Center for the Arts - 2008 
    "Art Access Plate Show" - Art Access - 2007, 2008
    "In the Field" - solo show - UTah Artist Hands - 2007 
    "Religious Art Show" - Springville Art Museum - 2002-2007

  • Representation

    My work is currently shown at these fine galleries:

    163 E Broadway
    Salt Lake City, UT

    436 Main Street
    Park City, Utah

    Gallery Wild


    80 W. Broadway Avenue   

    Jackson, WY 83001



    4142 N. Marshall Way
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251


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