Artists ~ Ronna A. Pate ~ Johnston

Artist's Name: Ronna A. Pate
Shop Name: Ronna Pate Fine Art
Facebook: Ronna A Pate
Pinterest: Ronna Pate Fine Art
Linked In: RonnaPate

1. Tell us about your work.
My favorite medium is oil, however, I also dabble in acrylics and enjoy pastels, drawing in ink and colored pencil. I love painting shells, birch trees and fruits/veggies. There are many other subjects I plan to explore further: horses, elephants, all artists, I have thousands of artworks in my head! If I created art 24 hours per day, I'd still not have time to paint all of them!

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
The name of my business is my own name which is advisable for artists. We are our brand so it makes sense from a marketing standpoint,

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I have always loved art and started taking drawing classes after high school. I did a lot of drawings, most of which I gave away to friends and family who admired them. Then, life got in the way of art for a while, but, I found I was feeling stifled without an outlet for my creativity. So about five years ago. I began taking classes again...this time in oil painting, which I'd never tried before. I love it, I love art and I love creating art.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I get inspiration from shapes, colors, objects of interest that I see in everyday life. If something catches my eye or intrigues me in some way, that "something" will find a way into my artwork. There is no secret meaning or message behind my artwork. For me, artistry is all about beauty and the pleasure it brings.

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
My favorite item to create is whatever I happen to be working on at any given moment!

6. What’s your best seller?
I don't have a best seller as yet. I only recently became serious about selling my artwork and opened my Etsy shop a few months ago. I'm very excited about it and am anxious to see what develops.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I've lived in Rhode Island my entire life!

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
By nature of it's small size, Rhode Island is a place where you can always run into someone that you know. I (heart) the older sections of our state, such as the mill towns, parts of the East Side, and farmlands because they are a testament to our history.

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?
My favorite places to take out-of-towners would be to one of our great parks, such as Colt State, a trip to one of our fabulous beaches in Newport, the mansions, of course, and definitely a night out to Trinity then dinner at Andino's.

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
My advice to anyone who wants to be creative in any way is to do it! You'll never be sorry. Marketing what you create takes effort but I like to think of it as a favor to my art pieces. Once the glorious creative process is done and the piece is finished, the artwork's one and only purpose is to be seen and admired!


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