Donoughe’s collection of 90 paintings that the Pennsylvania Convention Center acquired is rightfully titled Essence of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) as it captures just that. Each of the 90 panels measures 9” x 12” and was painted on location in plein air to capture the natural light and shadow of a particular time and place. The urban landscape is always in a state of flux: changing time of day, climate, and seasons, shifting from construction to demolition and back again. The individual pieces are like notes in a melody with the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Together they represent Donoughe’s felt experience of being one with the subject he has come to know and love.
A native of Loretto, Pennsylvania, now living in Pittsburgh, Donoughe is known for painting on location throughout the year. His works can be found in the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
Name: Ron Donoughe
Place of Birth: Spangler, Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, BS in Art Education, 1980
Significant or special training:
Studied at California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, 1985, and workshops with artists including Wolf Kahn. For a period of several years I worked at the Frick Art Museum as an art installer. I also cleaned murals and assisted a conservator.
Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Ned Wert, Charlie Pitcher and the artist Robert Henri who wrote the Art Spirit
Particular field of study or class work:
Art Education, Art History and Painting
Major influences/admired artists:
The Ashcan group of Painters, led by Robert Henri
Favorite materials or media:
Oil painted on Baltic birch panel or linen
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