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Ron Holyfield's paintings exhibit a sense of presence that could be created only through a deep love of subject as well as a
mastery of technical skills.
His birds and animals look out from foliage that is almost tangible. In each work you expect the wildlife to have moved if you glance away. His power of design influences the whole context and mood of his work bringing forth colors, forms, and delicate subtleties to create exceptional works of art.
Ron has painted in most mediums but for the past 35 years has worked only in acrylics, developing many techniques suited to his style of painting.
Ron and his wife, noted artist Kay Williams, presently live in the beautiful Tennessee River Valley in southeastern Tennessee, near the Smokey Mountains. When they are not working in their studio, or at an exhibit, Ron and Kay can often be found gathering reference material for future paintings. They spend many weeks each year doing field research, sketching, photographing and video taping, wildlife and habitat. As you can see from the paintings produced, their travels extend from the barrier islands along the east coast to the rugged mountains of the northwest.
Additionally, since 1994, Ron and Kay have spent about three months each summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota where they live with about 1500 Buffalo (Bison). Each year a good number of Ron's paintings reflect his impressions of the prairie, the Black Hills and the wildlife of that area.
Ron's exhibits of recent years include most of the important nature and wildlife art shows around the country and his work has been honored by many BEST OF SHOW and ARTIST OF THE YEAR awards.
Some of Ron's special honors include:Juried into the 2009 Artists for Conservation "The Art of Conservation" exhibition.
Paintings selected to be exhibited in the "ART & THE ANIMAL KINGDOM" show at Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, VT. 1996 -1999. One painting was purchased by the Center for their permanent collection.Featured in "Getting to the Heart of Art" article in Wildlife Art magazine.