Born 1927 Yorkshire England, First art award 1039. Served Royal Navy during war, Recommenced watercolour 1980's, Inspired and helped by Bob Wade, Member of many art societies.
Ron had inbuilt love of the sea, and as a child he could not understand why his parents, who took him to the seaside for holidays didn’t live there. When older his inborn love of the sea took him in his spare time to the Yorkshire coast and eventually to serve in the Royal Navy, during WW2.
After migrating to Australia, he continued a cycling career both as an amateur and as a professional until a fall compelled him to find another area for his competitive spirit. This led him to Western Port Yacht Club at Balnarring and a boat of his own. He soon found yachts don’t have brakes! Then he progressed from mono hulls to catamarans and to the world A class championship, later to trailer sailors, to keel boats and ocean racing. All the while fully aware and respectful of the sea and the vagaries of the weather.
Seagoing days over time came when Ron decided to use his talent to capture these memories on paper. Bringing the ambience onto dry land, his skilful use of watercolours, harmony, composition of the shapes and obvious enjoyment of painting makes his maritime portraits a continuing joy to those fortunate enough to possess one.
At present Ron is sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with less experienced painters by conducting demonstrations at the art society’s, Rotary Art Shows, on day workshops at Peninsula Arts Society and now teaching watercolours at Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington.
His first art award came in 1939 a national school competition in England, and now it is in excess of 100 awards. After a long break, from art he recommenced in oils, then thanks to the help and enlightenment provided by the great watercolourist Robert Wade he stepped up to watercolours and is now addicted to the wonderful unpredictable medium. Ron now paints for the pure pleasure and enjoyment of watercolour. he is a strong believer in inherited memories and is sure many of his works evolve from his seafaring ancestors. In this work he endeavours to project a mood for feeling, most of his works are from imagination, he rarely uses reference material and when he does it is in the very early ideas sketch’s, believing that referring to reference material interrupts the flow and feeling of the final work.
A member of the Peninsular Arts Society, McClelland Guild, Oak Hill Gallery and ex member of AGRA. He has had work selected for permanent exhibition at; Frankston Cultural Centre, Nepean Historical Society, Monash Medial Centre, Quarantine Station Portsea, Frankston Hospital, Flinders Shire, Seal Rock Complex and has had a painting selected and reproduced for a permanent market at the First Settlement Landing site in Sorrento. Ron has two published book covers and is at present engaged in illustrating two further books.
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