Sigrid Ronaasen

Sigrid Ronaasen

Artist Statement

I started drawing pictures from the time I could hold a pencil. As I am mostly self-taught, I used to experiment with paints, pastels and charcoal without really knowing any particular techniques. I taught myself to paint portraits, probably breaking all the rules in the process. When I was at university my fellow students would ask me to do their portraits, so I ended up getting plenty of practice. During ballet rehearsals there were often long periods of inactivity, when I would sketch other dancers. Once my children started play school I was able to start art classes, particularly in oil painting. For the first time I learnt actual techniques in how to get proportions right and how to mix colours. Today I still attend classes because they inspire me and provide encouragement and feedback.