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Meet Ron Zito

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ron Zito.

Ron, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have taken a circuitous route to art. I grew up around artistic uncles, aunts, and cousins in the New York/New Jersey area. My high school art teacher, Lawrence Schroth, was a wonderful teacher and artist and an encouraging mentor. Traveling out west to Flagstaff, Arizona I majored in commercial art, but soon switched to the study of english and history. With the gentle persistence of my wife, I finally found my way back to drawing and painting after a fifteen year hiatus.

At first, I was attracted to the color and directness of pastels, and I immediately took it to the medium. After my initial exposure to pastels with Tony Ortega at the Art Students League of Denver, I took workshops with Bruce Gomez, Molly Davis, and Mark Nelson. Now painting in oil, I concentrate on interior scenes and more symbolic landscapes at my studio in the Lo-Hi neighborhood.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been very bumpy, with good years and bad years, financially speaking. The life of a painter is not something that someone should choose if they aren’t disciplined and persistent in their calling, no matter what the financial reward is. You should just paint because you are called to do it, and hopefully, you can also make a living. Selling art is challenging today because the gallery world is giving way, somewhat, to the online world. In many respects, an artist has to be more of a businessperson now to sell work. Finding affordable studio space in Denver has become increasingly difficult, so that’s another struggle that many artists have to face, including me.

Please tell us about your art.
I am an artist specializing mostly in oil paintings on wood. I am known for my contemporary landscapes and interior scenes. In recent years I have been invited to show my work at many invitationals, such as the Coors Western Art Show. I have tried to depict everyday scenes with a sense of importance. I have been told many times that that’s what people like about my work.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I am a craftsman who is not satisfied with a painting unless I know it fits my vision.

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