Ron Parker "Coastal Victoria and Beyond"
1203 Broad Street, Victoria, B.C.
July 6, 2019 until July 18, 2019
Ron began painting as a career a little late in life. At age 35, he was inspired, after seeing an exhibition, to try painting wildlife himself. His first effort was successful and he quit teaching and began painting full time. Over the next 15 years, Ron continued to produce wildlife paintings before branching out to landscape.In 2003, Ron began painting acrylic landscapes using an ‘essentialist’ style, focusing on the shapes and contours of landscape, omitting detail. Ron’s latest series – realistic, atmospheric landscapes painted in oil – represent a marked change from his past pieces.
“I do my paintings in a method that few oil painters employ. I begin with a canvas on which the landscape to be painted is drawn quite accurately. Then, I begin painting with the background at the upper left hand corner and progress down and to the right, rendering the painting completely until I reach the bottom right hand corner. It is all done with one coat of paint using very little medium. There are times I wait for it to dry before completing some of the details, but most are done with one coat of paint, wet into wet”.
Ron and his family now live in Victoria. "I am fortunate to live in an incredibly beautiful part of the world. From the West Coast of British Columbia to the glorious Rocky Mountains and the Prairies beyond, I find inspiration everywhere I look. I strive to convey the awe and love I have for these places though my art. I hope that others can feel the same emotions when they view my paintings."
Join us for the opening reception Saturday July 6 with artist in attendance from 1-4pm.