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ABOUT  RONDA

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It’s been over 25 years since I’ve done any artwork. 

I have a masters in sculpture from the University of Iowa focusing on cast iron and bronze. By carving and shaping bonded sand I created the negative of what was to be cast.  My primary focus was on miniature architecture of rural buildings and landscapes. I won a state competition to tour my work called “Sculpture on Iowa” which showed in six community galleries across the state.  My thesis piece was awarded to be on permanent display at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. This 4'x8' was cast in8 parts which was inspired by trips as a young child with my grandpa John called "To Cleaves Creamer to Grandpas' Farm." 

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Cast iron painted 
from 1977 - 1979.

After having children, I chose a more manageable medium: colored pencil, pastels, and oil painting.  Living in Carmel Valley CA I was inspired by the Hansel and Gretel gingerbread houses in Carmel-by-the-Sea as well as the local rolling landscapes.  I also created a series that never got off the ground, for t-shirts. Formerly I showed my work at the Americana Gallery in Carmel, CA.

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Colored pencil & oil paintings from the 1980's & beyond. 
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Growing up on a farm in Iowa I’ve been inspired by common everyday object around me and my past.  Over the years I have enjoyed the work of Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Eyvind Earle, Georgia O’Keeffe, Bauhaus designs, and more.

 

For most of my life Interior designer has been my livelihood, working for high end furniture and window covering companies in Monterey CA, Santa Fe NM, and as an interior designer at Nebraska Furniture Mart. 

Since 2010 my passion has been to help create greater health and wellbeing naturally to clients around the country using my Quantum Biofeedback device. www.HappyHealthyHomes.com.  This path has been very rewarding however spending so much time at the computer is very taxing.  I was also missing my more hands-on creative work.  So, in the spring of 2023, I picked up my art once again. This time to create angels.

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My Angel Series are either oil paintings or the medium of pastel pencils and metallics on sandpaper.  I love the color intensity of pastels and the freedom it gives.  Some images warrant to become oil paint, my other love.  I first draw the images on tracing paper, then transfer them to the artist canvas.  My studio is currently in my dining room, next to a bright window. Tracing paper sketches cover the windows.  As you can see from the paints laid out, I’m currently working on a new oil painting!

With a long appreciation and wonderment of angels, I seldom find images that expressed their magical capabilities yet relatable presence.  Inspired to create angels that connect to the viewer, the heart speaks to what may not be heard.  As they look into our lives it makes us wonder; “what are they thinking” or “what would I ask of them”. 

 

Representing them in a number of ways I portray them with a pet cat or a flock of hummingbirds which brings them a bit more down to earth.  Yet I honor their connection to Source by “Showing Her Wings” or in surprise proclaiming “Hello Halo”.  A Merkabah behind an angle simply “Watching” or the glow “In the Light” represents their crowning glory.  In “The Connection” I envision the subtle energy flow to Spirit.  My images remind me of the angels present in my life.  My wish is that they bring awareness and wonderment to yours.

 

 I hope you enjoy my new work and will support me in creating more to come.

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When not creating art in this manner check out what else I do at www.HappyHealthyHomes.com 

I create life enhancing environments using good design, elemental balance,

and by energetically revitalizing the frequency a space possesses.  

I'm an ASID Allied interior designer,

been a classical 5-Element Feng Shui consultant for 20 years, 

and an advanced Quantum Biofeedback Specialist. 

Since 1998 my business is creating Happy Healthy Homes.

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