Ron recalls drawing as a child on paper his father brought from work. He studied printmaking and photography at Bealart and focused on printmaking, sculpture and drawing at Mount Allison University. His work has exhibited across Canada. Ron nurtured the talents of thousands of students. He was a Bealart staff member for almost 30 years. Both before and after retiring from the Thames Valley School Board, he offered workshops with local public galleries and was key to the development of a printmaking studio in the Woodstock Art Gallery in 2018. His art may be viewed through the Skwirl Gallery.
“Nature, technology and history continue to cycle in my work. All are portrayed with a sense of humour. These elements have allowed me to employ several different approaches and media over the years. All of my images work with a visual narrative. This does not mean that they are typically beautiful. I often refer to Donatello’s The Penitent Mary Magdalene, an ugly figure skilfully carved from wood. Craftsmanship is part of the message and the design. Good art should grow on the viewer and not become a piece of the wallpaper.”
watercolour on rag paper