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Painting with Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Texture and Color

Ronni Jolles

Layered Paper

"Painting with paper" is the best way to express what I do. Paper – in its multitude of colors and textures – is the essence of my work, and subjects come into focus as the paper leads me through the creation of each piece. It is the medium itself that causes my work to constantly evolve and continually surprise me. Whether it's the cyclical journey of trees or the simple beauty of a clothesline hanging outside a window, using paper delivers a painterly quality with textures that can't be achieved through paint.


The dimensional quality of each piece emerges as I work through a process that has been both expanded and refined over time. First, paper from all over the world is cut, torn, and layered to create uniquely textured scenes. Acrylic paints and sealants are then used on top of the papers to add more variation in color, to bring out textures, and to protect the paper.


As a child of an artist, I grew up with colors, textures, and techniques of others, but in searching and developing my own unique style, I found the best of all worlds in paper. Here was a sculptural medium to satisfy my tactile nature, offering limitless possibilities for color and a story of its own to add depth to the meaning of each piece. When I discovered paper as my medium, a whole new textural world opened up.


It is important to me that viewers not only see and feel the intensity and vitality of my pieces; I want them to also know the story of the paper I work with.  This is why each original work comes with samples of the paper used in that particular piece and information about the source of those papers.


Because of its dimensional richness, I urge you to visit one of the galleries or upcoming shows listed on my website to view my work in person.  Commissions are welcome.  

Blues and Greys of Winter

Greek Steps

Summer Garden

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