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I’ve been a painter working mostly in and around Western Pennsylvania for most of my life. My main focus is capturing how the landscape feels – at different times of the day and in different seasons. I paint every single day. So, you’ll see many different subjects, but they are unified by a single theme: truthful observation.

After painting for 30 years, I’ve come to appreciate what my first painting instructor said: paint what you know. I do not seek postcard scenes; I seek an intensity of feeling that comes only from being in a particular place at a particular time. So many things in the landscape are interesting, especially here in Western Pennsylvania: steel mills, city skylines, snow-filled parks, twisting side streets, and even back yards. For me, it is a painter’s paradise.

Watch this video to see how an outdoor painter spends his “day at the office.”

Some of the paintings featured on this site can be found at my Pittsburgh studio. Others, however, may be hanging in juried exhibitions, in galleries, or in museum shows – and some may have been sold. I chose to include a few images that are not currently available because they represent work that I am particularly proud of. To purchase artwork, please visit my Gallery Store, which features paintings that are priced and available for sale. Feel free to contact me directly and I can tell you more about availability and options.

I open my studio to visitors by appointment. I especially enjoy showing my most recent work. The studio, located on the second floor of a Victorian-era building in the interesting neighborhood of Lawrenceville, is chock-full of my work. I’m told that my studio space itself is something of a work of art. One thing is for sure—they don’t build buildings like this anymore.

For art lovers on social media, I’m currently using Instagram to showcase my weekly new work. I invite you to follow along if you’d like to see my process.

What Is Plein Air Painting?
Simply stated, it is painting directly from life. It comes from the French phrase, “en plein aire” – meaning in the open air. Something happens when an artist is confronted directly with the subject. I think it has something to do with the spirit of a place. I believe that spirit can makes its way into the artist and the work itself.


Crary Art Gallery Exhibition, Warren, PA

I'll be exhibiting my Cityscapes at the Crary Art Gallery April 7th to May 6. Grit and Grace: Pittsburgh Paintings by Ron Donoughe

The Strip Magazine

Ron Donoughe: Master of Local Landscape I'm delighted to be featured in The Strip Magazine. Donald Miller, the retired Pittsburgh Post-Gazette art critic, wrote it. “I guess I see myself as a throwback. After painting [...]

Feature Article in Fine Art Connoisseur

I am excited to share with you an article about my work recently published in Fine Art Connoisseur. "Projects like this should be pursued across the U.S. for all sorts of reasons, but especially because [...]

Limited Edition Book

A limited number of copies of my book, Labor and Landscape, are now available. The book features paintings in the Labor and Landscape collection: 100 Paintings of the Allegheny Mountain Region. A small run – only 100 [...]

SAMA Exhibition: Labor and Landscape

Labor and Landscape, an exhibition featuring 100 paintings of Cambria and Blair Counties at  The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto.  The Exhibition ran from April 21-October 7, 2017. Here is a link to [...]


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