Ron Elstad is a self-taught California artist who honed his natural talents for many years as an illustrator. His representational paintings are diverse in subject, always pure in color with heavy impasto. While the influence of the early California Impressionists is evident in his work, Elstad's paintings display a unique style and emotional quality. A master painter specializing in California, western landscape and coastal scenes, and influenced by early American Impressionists and western Taos painters, he implements the quality of brushwork and rich color found in their paintings. Elstad has won numerous awards including the Bronze Medal in the Art of California Discovery Awards. He is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club.