THE RIVERTOWN PAINTER'S STUDIO is located in Tarrytown, New York. I've painted in Central Park, at the South Street Seaport, inside the Metropolitan Museum, and for the last several years I've been doing landscapes of the Hudson River, street scenes of the charming towns that sit on its rocky banks, and portraits of some of the people I've met along the way.
I studied painting at a variety of places including the Art Students League in New York City and the Art Institute of Boston. I spent two years on my own at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York doing copies and, with the museum's permission, two original paintings of its galleries. My technique is traditional oil painting with an emphasis on color, light, and emotional nuance. Each painting is like a gateway to a world beyond, which the viewer can imagine. Artists of the past who have been significant influences include Hopper, Monet, Manet, Vermeer, and Sargent.
Whenever possible I work from life rather than from photographs, having studied at the International Center of Photography, where I developed an understanding of the differences between images produced by hand versus those done by camera. I make exceptions for paintings that are going to be surprise gifts, or portraits of busy people, or of houses in winter, but ideally I prefer to meet the portrait subject or go on location for an outdoor scene at least a few times during the course of the painting to compare it with the real thing. When using photos, I prefer to do my own shoot.
Unless otherwise indicated, all images on the website are oils on canvas.
Reproductions of most of the paintings are available even in cases where the original has been sold. Please see below for more information.
Questions or comments? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 914-552-4148 (mobile)
Prices listed for the original paintings do not include shipping.
Prints of any image shown here can be purchased on my Etsy shop, which can be found at
https://www.etsy.com/shop/RivertownPainter. If the image or size you want isn't there yet, let me know and I'll make a new listing for you. While the most popular format for online purchases is 8.5x11 inch glossy paper, variations are possible and custom listings can be added to my Etsy shop on request. Prints can be made on semi-gloss paper, or on larger paper, or on stretched canvas. Contact me for prices of variations not yet featured in my Etsy shop.
Tarrytown: Main Street, Summer of 2020, with Dining in theStreet
The Ice Cream Shop Detective, my mystery novel, is available now! It's the story of an artist who agrees to help a charismatic cop tell forgeries from real masterpieces, then finds herself way too close to a murderer.
Some reviews by Amazon customers, copied from Amazon.com:
By JillLori on May 19, 2014
The Ice Cream Shop Detective is a very enjoyable book. The author does a terrific job of combining her talents as a writer and artist proving she is gifted in both areas. Great characters. You feel a warm connection to the main characters and the setting. I look forward to reading additional works by Ronnie Levine.
By nancykb on August 12, 2014
Good mystery story with fine descriptions of the town. It has interesting characters but, if you are not an art affectionato, it can be complicated. I enjoyed it.
A thoughtful, engrossing and enjoyable read!
By Al W on December 10, 2014
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I have found Ms. Levine's novel to be fascinating, compelling, enjoyable and a really good read! I specially liked learning about the art world and its intricacies! I miss the characters after the book was finished. Always a good sign!
Interesting and informative
By terracatta "terracatta"on June 27, 2014
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The writer is an artist herself and I enjoyed the references she has to the work of the impressionist masters. It is a nice little book, especially for those of us who also paint, even if we don't make a living at it.
What a fun story! I happened to be on vacation in ...
ByAmazon Customer on October 19, 2014
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What a fun story! I happened to be on vacation in New York and drove through this town . Beautiful!
I'm honored that Tarrytown used one of my paintings on the poster celebrating Forbes Magazine's recognition of the beauty of our town (see image below, click on it to enlarge.) The posters were originally only sold to businesses, but now you can buy a long-lasting version on canvas. See the Ordering Prints page to purchase.