Ronalee Crocker grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts within an artistic family. She was continuously encouraged to paint by her grandfather and her brother, both of whom enjoyed painting and drawing. “My grandfather was a decorative painter and illustrator by trade, though he was a skilled painter in oil and watercolor. My brother and I gained confidence in our artistic ability at an early age because of his constant encouragement,” states Ronalee.
As her interest in art developed, she decided to attend Emmanuel College and graduated with a Fine Arts degree. Soon after, she furthered her education at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. She later worked for a number of years as a graphic artist, but unsatisfied with this use of her talent, she left her job and devoted her time to painting. Through the years, she has painted and studied with many teachers, but it wasn’t until she studied with Robert Scott Jackson that she truly began to take the artist litany “shape, value and color” to a new level. “Jackson taught me the use of a limited palette and impressionistic color theory and instilled in me his knowledge of training and technique, while guiding me in my own direction and style.”
Ronalee’s work is rooted in the classic Dutch and French traditions of fine detail and elegant composition; however her choice of subjects and her fresh view of them is entirely American. Her interest and inspiration also lie within the traditional Boston School of Painting. She paints luminous still-lifes with a strong sense of composition and a rich, sensuous use of color. Using a limited palette, her goal is to inspire the viewer with her personal true-to-life version of nature in its most beautiful and perfect form. Her compositions of fruit and vegetables dare the viewer to reach out and touch the textured rind of a lemon, smell the air for a hint of orange and one can almost taste the summer sweetness of the perfectly painted watermelon. In addition to her traditional paintings, Ronalee has completed several large murals for private clients.
Ronalee has the prestigious distinction of having membership in both The Copley Society in Boston and The American Artists Professional League in New York. She is also a member of the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester and the Andover Artists Association, both located in Massachusetts. Today, Ronalee paints in her studio in Massachusetts where she resides with her husband and three children.