Gleneden Beach oil painter Ronald Yasenchak is October’s artist of the month at the Artist’s Studio Association in Lincoln City.

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.

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.

Yasenchak’s work will be available to view daily from 10 am to 5 pm at 620 NE Hwy. 101

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