Rhonda Horton was born in Euclid Ohio, and as a young child she began to capture the world around her through drawing and photography with a mention in poetry receiving recognition and award. She was involved in art at the public schools and served as local chair, co-chairperson, and regional support for the National Parent Teacher Association Cultural Arts Program “Reflections.” Rhonda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She has taught papermaking and printmaking in small workshops with UAA and UA Mat-Su Colleges and continues to teach K-12 Art in rural Alaska through the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Artist In Schools Residency Program and the Anchorage School District, Northern Reflections Arts Program. Rhonda has Post Baccalaureate studies in K-12 Art, Education, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Rhonda’s work has received local and national recognition and awards including Artist Award, U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree, 2015. Her work has shown in South Central Alaska, and nationally. Her work is in public and private collections including University of Alaska, Anchorage, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University.
Wassily Kandinsky once said, “form itself is meaningless unless it is the expression of the artist’s inner necessity and everything is permitted to serve this end.” So this also informs my work as an artist printmaker.
My approach to art is multidiscipline, though I work primarily in printmaking, I also work in drawing, painting, photography, papermaking, assemblage sculpture, and multi-media. As an artist printmaker, I find that it is through the act of the printmaking process, I am able to catch things as they happen. This is intriguing to me–the materiality and the processes working together along with my observations and imagination become and event and act of its own.
I seek to transpire real life events of the world into visual narratives, allegories, or contemplations, while at times I seek interactivity. My work apprises to the natural and built environments including human and/ or autobiographical connections within these environments, particularly my home Alaska. By way of experimentation and the eclectic approach, it is through expressionistic, realistic, conceptual, and abstract lenses in which I work.
My work involves printmaking, in which I work with intaglio, relief, seriography, lithography and papermaking processes. My work is multi-discipline where I use drawing, photography, collage, and painterly methods to create original prints using a press or pulling by hand. I may also incorporate my work into assemblage sculptures, such as artist books, ornaments and the like.