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Artist Discovers the Beauty of Life Emerging from Visual Chaos

Canadian artist Glen Ronald has the incredible ability of finding beauty in visual chaos. Looking beyond crackled paint and frenetic ink splatters, his popular Instagram shows him transforming unruly media into portraits of people and animals. Faces, fur, snouts, and beaks are created by drawing into these drips, and they produce the illusion that they're somehow emerging from the abstract forms.

By working on top of the splatters–using materials like fine-tipped pens, markers, and pencils–Ronald creates dramatic compositions. This process could be compared to finding a diamond in the rough, as he's able to take uncontrollable-looking elements and refine them into exquisite works of art. What was once chaotic now has cohesion and a greater meaning.

Glen Ronald: Instagram | Etsy

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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