The natural world as seen through the eyes of Gleneden Beach oil painter Ronald Yasenchak is the subject of a February exhibit at Lincoln City’s Beachstone Gallery.
Yasenchak’s artistic talents first surfaced in 1968, when he started painting with oils while living in Columbus, Ohio.
He and his family moved to Portland in 1970 where he put away his brushes and pursued woodwork along with various outdoor interests including hunting, fishing and golf.
In 1974, he attended a garden show that included a bonsai exhibit. Yasenchak had majored in forestry in college and he found bonsai an almost perfect marriage of plants and art. For the next forty 40 years, he designed and maintained dozens of artfully crafted bonsai.
He collected trees, took lessons from bonsai masters, scoured trees from nurseries, collected plants in the wild and attended conventions. He served as board member and president of the local bonsai society and later served six years as treasurer of the International Bonsai Society.
In 2008, he and his wife, Becky, bought a home in Gleneden Beach and became permanent residents.
Trees remained central to Yasenchak’s art when he picked up his abandoned paints and brushes in 2014, joining birds and fish as the main focus of many of his paintings. He also likes to include a little mystery and humor in his work.
Beachstone Gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day in the Artists’ Co-op Gallery building at 620 Hwy. 101, Lincoln City. Parking is at the rear of the building.