The bulk of Ramona’s work, consisting of contemporary Southwest landscape oil paintings, is known for its sense of serenity and distinctive color. Her work has been sold through galleries in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and has been seen and reviewed in the national publication Art Talk. Ramona was featured in the May 2009 issue of Southwest Art in a cover piece describing contemporary modern artists. She has had numerous one-woman shows and has been in multiple group exhibits including a public show at Sky Harbor Airport in 1997. She has won awards in juried shows and her work received the Juror’s Award in the national Southwest Artscapes show in Scottsdale, AZ in 1995. Ramona also owned and operated her own art gallery from 2002 until 2009 where her work was featured along with other Arizona artists.
Ramona spent much of her early art career in independent study and studying at the university level. In 1989 she received her degree in Art Education at Northern Arizona University graduating summa cum laude and receiving an award for her outstanding achievements in art and design. She then went on to teach in an after-school arts program and later taught oil painting at the Sedona Arts Center.
The scenery of Arizona and New Mexico has served as an inspiration for most of Ramona’s landscape paintings. Her paintings are an elegant statement revealing the jewel like color of the desert as seen through her eyes. Her brushwork shows the influence of the great masters of Impressionism. Ramona’s work speaks of places yet untouched by the developer’s hand and held dearly in her heart.
Ramona has been painting landscapes since the 1980’s and she added non-objective images to her portfolio in the late 1990’s. Her inspiration to work with color and texture is revealed in her canvas. She is inspired by color field painters of the past, but has worked to create her own vision, just as she has also done with her landscapes.
Her pieces are colorful designs painted in oils, acrylics and pastels. Ramona Stites currently resides in Clarkdale, Arizona and creates from her in-home studio.