Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

Paul Ladnier





I have had a life-long fascination with the study of light, human form and paint. While I regularly study and draw the human form, most of my large figurative paintings are “made-up” figures derived from smaller figure studies. The paintings evolve on the canvas.

Whether painting, interpreting the landscape, still life, abstract, or figurative works, process plays a major role in my work as it reinforces the subject mater. I believe that paint play a roll in revealing and not concealing the meaning of a work. Process should accentuate and contribute to the message and relay the passion of the artist.

Brushstrokes and marks, heavy impasto, scratches, splatters, drips and multiple layers are all part of this process. “In addition to the viewer examining my work from a distance, I want them to look closely…to explore between the layers of paint, (perhaps to touch!) which may sometimes reveal other images, original marks, multiple revisions, compositional changes and unexpected color and drawing.


Paul Ladnier

Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens