Artist Donates Work to Celebrity Fundraiser

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San Diego based artist Roni Sumer was asked to contribute her artwork to the “Daytime for Planned Parenthood, a Celebration of Women in Daytime Television” fundraiser sponsored by actress Heather Tom. Ms. Tom star of daytimes ONE LIFE TO LIVE held the event at her home on April 26, 2006, as a pre-event to the nationally televised Daytime Emmy Awards.

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I am especially intrigued at painting shadow and the color that reflects into a shadow from the surrounding environment. Shadows exist wherever there is light; my watercolor paintings depict the bright color and the shadow.

San Diego based artist Roni Sumer was asked to contribute her artwork to the “Daytime for Planned Parenthood, a Celebration of Women in Daytime Television” fundraiser sponsored by actress Heather Tom. Ms. Tom star of daytimes ONE LIFE TO LIVE held the event at her home on April 26, 2006, as a pre-event to the nationally televised Daytime Emmy Awards.

Ms. Sumer a contemporary impressionist whose studio is in Del Mar, California donated 160 prints or her artwork. Among the titles were award winning paintings "Tempest", “Temple Offerings”, “Winter Beach”, “Rainy Window View” and “Sunburst”. The prints were run as a special edition just for the event. The prints were included as part of a gift bag given to each of the attendees the night of the event.

Of the event Ms. Sumer said “I congratulate Heather on her continued support of women’s causes and I was honored to be asked to play a part in this one.”

Roni Sumer’s lifelong commitment to the study of art began at Oberlin College of Fine Arts in Oberlin, Ohio where at an early age she received training in both the visual and performing arts. Her passion for both led her to continue her fine and performing arts studies at the Ohio State University in Columbus, after which she developed a modest acting career. Then in 1996, the artist discovered watercolor painting and has since devoted all her artistic energy toward the technique as well as building the body of work, which she is proud to share with you today. Her passion for shadow is evident both in her work and in her comments:

“I am especially intrigued at painting shadow and the color that reflects into a shadow from the surrounding environment. Shadows exist wherever there is light; my watercolor paintings depict the bright color and the shadow.”

“I like to use watercolors because the transparent paints flow together to create translucence and unique colors that reflect the emotions and rhythms I want to portray. Watercolor also allows me to capture that ever elusive shadow that I love to paint. As you view my paintings, look for the color and beauty of the subject but also look for the shadows! In my Acrylic pieces my focus is on capturing the mood of movement and texture.”

Ms. Sumer whose paintings include figures, landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, flowers and other scenes of nature is currently in the middle of a five month tour of Europe where she is creating and a new series of paintings that will be released in late Autumn.

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Tempest by Roni SumerTempest by Roni SumerWith this painting I tried to express emotion, mood, and texture with the under painting and there she was! I supplied the detail and this beautiful woman appeared. Temple Offerings by Roni SumerTemple Offerings by Roni SumerThis painting is from a temple in the Asakusa area of Tokyo Japan. The smoke from the incense burner is said to have healing and restorative powers. This painting was intriguing as I wanted to capture so much. First and foremost the atmosphere of being at the temple, conveying the emotions of the followers practicing their beliefs. Then there is the smoke, defusing light, it softens,obscures and changes colors and shapes of what you see, therefore connecting the place and the people together. All except for one, who although softened and blended in the midst of the crowd by the smoke, is alone and separate from the people around her. Winter Beach by Roni SumerWinter Beach by Roni SumerI painted this while in Naples, Florida. It was late spring and the "snowbirds" had left so even the clouds were in no hurry. My goal was to capture this feeling of ease and no worriesRainy Window View by Roni SumerRainy Window View by Roni SumerThis painting came to me as I was waiting for a gallery to open on a rainy day. The colors of the umbrellas and the reflections on the sidewalk were too much to resist. Capturing the rain streaking down my car window was a challenge that I enjoyed very much.Sunburst by Roni SumerSunburst by Roni SumerI love flowers and I love to paint flowers. My mother used to plant sunflowers in her garden in Oberlin, Ohio every year. They would start to blossom in late summer. I painted these from my memory of them and of her.