Today we’d like to introduce you to Ron Sherouse.
Ron, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in San Antonio Texas. From early on, my dad and I would stay up late and watch movies. I was fascinated with film. I loved the medium and how it could manipulate my emotional life if done well. There was a rhythm to good movies that I appreciated. I’m a drummer. It made sense to me. So when it came time to pick a career, film was the natural path. I moved to Austin and studied film at the University of Texas, graduated, and started freelancing in the TV commercial business in and around San Antonio.
Four years later I moved to New York City to study acting. (I felt if I was going to be a filmmaker I needed to have some “on camera” experience). I studied acting for two years and worked for another three, got married, moved to LA and started writing to complete the circle. To make money, I became a boom operator on commercial film shoots. I could still write on my down days. Four years later I wrote, directed and acted in a 30 minute short that won awards for us around the world. All good but we had a new baby. I needed to work. A lot. Which I did. We had another baby. I wrote more scripts.
Twenty years later I’ve logged in thousands of hours crewing on commercials, I’ve written many scripts, my daughters are adults and I’m proudly still married. A good run, but I was unhappy creatively. Filmmaking is a lengthy process. I still didn’t have a produced movie under my belt. I needed an outlet that was immediate. Direct. All mine.
One day, in 2015, I came home from work and announced to my wife that I was going to start painting. Unfazed, (God bless her because I had never done it before) she reminded me that there was a cheap painting in our office that neither one of us liked… “why don’t you paint over that and go for it”. “I will,” I proclaimed heroically. So I went to the store, bought some paint and brushes, opened a bottle of wine and painted all night. The next morning she woke me up and wondered where I got the painting in the living room. “I think I did that”, I said.
June 2016 I had a show in Santa Monica and sold eight out of twelve pieces. Imagine that. I found something that I have a knack for that also brings me joy and satisfies me creatively. I’m incredibly grateful for my journey so far.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
You know… I’d be lying if I said it’s been tough with the painting. It’s one of the most natural, organic things I’ve ever done. However, I am self-taught so sometimes it feels like I’m learning as I go but I figure it out. Solving the problems is hugely satisfying for me. I’m very particular and at times, like everyone, can become frustrated if it’s not working, but if I consistently show up, it eventually comes together. It always does.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Ron Sherouse – what should we know?
I do black and white landscapes. Acrylic on big wood panels. Mostly. For now. My goal is for all of my work to be compositionally unique with a strong point of view and an aesthetic that connects emotionally.
Place is very important to me. I think my work takes you to a place. Whether it’s a place you’ve been to or a place you want to go, hopefully, you’re transported. My first series was Newfoundland Canada. I’m currently working on a Palm Springs series. Two very different places.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Showing up. Do whatever you think you can. If you want to paint… Paint! If you want to direct… Direct! Don’t wait for approval. Don’t wait for someone to tell you can or can’t. Go do it.
You’ll know soon enough. If you can… lucky you. If you can’t, go find something else. It’s there. Go find it.