Nelson Suter Art Society

to promote and encourage the cultivation and production of work in the visual arts

Ronnie Baker

I find the natural world to be fascinating, inspiring and my curiosity is sparked every time I am out exploring nature and the epic landscapes all around us in stunning Aotearoa. I want to share the beautiful forms of nature and the feelings and sensations I experience with those who view my art. The smallest water runnel, or pattern on a rock or epic mountain ridge line captures my attention; the forms and contours of the land enthral me.

I’ve used and been interested in topographical maps for a long time and as this is what we use to read and navigate through the land around us, elements of these mapping contours feature in my work. I’m interested in exploring our relationship with the land, and how naturally occuring minerals have a profound effect on the colour of the rock, type of vegetation growth and the natural or man-made shape of the landscape. I capture the intangible in my art; It's not a landscape in a traditional sense, it's the shape and feel of the landscape.

I use acrylic paint, iridescent medium, copper or gold foil and modelling paste to create textural, dynamic works that come to life at different times of the day, as elements of the painting catch the changing light.

I grew up in the UK and have been painting and drawing since before I can remember. I graduated with a 1st class BA Hons in visual communication in 2007 and after relocating to Aotearoa in 2009, I’ve worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

Abstract art presents an enjoyable challenge and I love to see my work evolve as I discover new techniques and materials, although I’m definitely guilty of being inspired by too many things.

New Zealand has become a home more stunning and inspiring than I could have believed existed and I endeavour to put as much energy back into my community, as I draw from it.