Ridlon is known for his experimentation with a variety of mediums, believing mixed media experiences always result in new insights. Discovering new ways of combining materials and ideas has always been one of his primary concerns.
Ridlon finds the most exciting aspect of working with mixed media materials is that each new combination leads to a different aesthetic outcome.
Painting fields and woods around the Cazenovia, NY area has created experiences for me that were full of wonder, spirit and amazement. Several series of small underglazed acrylic paintings represent months of exploring the wild in order to gather insights into the colors, moods and spirit of the woods and fields during seasonal shifts. These paintings allowed me to record glimpses of seasonal color plays and atmospheric shifts in the landscape. All of these paintings were used as research for the more fully realized large collage paintings that followed.