Artist of the Week: Ronald George Straight

Animal portraits capture imagination of Prairie oil painter

It’s easy to spot a painting by Ronald George Straight.

His oil works are filled with bright hues — especially oranges and reds — and highlight animals in bold Prairie landscapes.

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Born in Winnipeg, Straight started his art path while at the Balfour Technical School in Regina.

After resettling in Vancouver in 1969, he worked as a freelance graphic artist but continued to dabble in painting and photography.

Over the past decade, though, Straight has shown his work more publicly in shows around the Lower Mainland.

In 2014, he held his first solo exhibit at Place des Arts and, until March 16, his series titled Wildlife Friends can be seen at the Coquitlam venue, featuring his favourite subjects.

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