Featuring Artists Rhonda Egan and Barabra Noble
Rhonda Egan has had a love of drawing since she was a child. She still remembers the day her uncle showed her how to shade and make things look round. Her formal education began in high school and has continued throughout her adult life. She has studied under several artists, including: Susan Sarback, Ian Roberts, J. Randall Sexton, Gretchen Ryan, Elizabeth Tolley, Kathleen Dunphy, Laurie Kersey, Tim Horn and John Michael Carter, to name a few. She loves to paint landscapes and paint in “plein air.”
Rhonda is a member of the Northern California Artists, through which she has earned Master Artist status. She regularly enters juried art shows and has won several awards. Her most recent awards and honors include winning “Best Figurative Group” in the Sacramento Fine Arts Show, In the Style of the Old Masters. She has also been accepted into several prestigious California Art Club Exhibitions, including “Amador Flower Farm, en Plein Air” “Point Lobos and Beyond” and “Beauty of the Seasons.” She won the Past Presidents’ Award at the 2016 NCA Open Bold Expressions Show, the Frank Bette Award at the 2014 Alameda Plein Air Festival, and “Best Oil” in the 2015 NCA Membership Show. She also has participated in several small-group shows. Her work has been in the State Fair and Napa Valley Museum, as well as, the Crocker Museum and KVIE annual auctions. She has participated in Frank Bette Paint Out in Alameda, Winters Paint the Town and the Los Gatos Plein Air Festival.
Images of her work appear in Capturing Radiant Light & Color in Oils and Pastels, by Susan Sarback and Finding Your Visual Voice, by Dakota Mitchell with Lee Haroun. Both were published in 2007 by North Light Books.
I was introduced to plein air painting through Jeff Horn at Irvine Valley College. At that time, my office at UC Irvine in Joan Irvine Hall held many of the original artworks destined for the Irvine Museum. This was a daily influence for several years, but I had little time to paint except with Jeff’s class. After moving back to Northern California, I’ve continued my art education at Academy of Art San Francisco, MFA program.
My work is considered Impressionistic with influence from the early California painters including Franz Bischoff and Jack Wilkinson Smith among others. Kevin MacPherson is a current major influence. On location I use sketchbook drawing and photo references for my oil plein air and studio work. I’m a fourth generation Californian, with my original Swiss great-grandparents settling in the Napa Valley. Besides feeling a special relationship to the Napa Valley, I love to paint California seascape and landscape scenes.
Influential workshops I’ve taken are with Camille Prezwodek and Bryan Mark Taylor. The Yolo AgArt program which arranges artist paint-outs at farms and ranches has helped me appreciate our agricultural heritage. I currently reside in Roseville, California.
2015 Yolo AgArt Harvest Festival – Farmer’s Pick – Cash Award
2015 Sacramento Fine Arts “Animal House” Merit Award
2014 Yolo AgArt Harvest Festival – Top 10 Award