Ron Parker

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SOLD ``Piper's Lagoon Sundown,`` by Ron Parker 20 x 40 - oil $4200 Unframed
Ron Parker Archive
previously sold works

Ron Parker portrait 1Ron PARKER began painting as a career a little late in life. At age 35, he was inspired, after seeing an exhibition of original bird paintings by Fenwick Lansdowne, to try painting wildlife himself. His first effort was successful and so he quit his job at a lumberyard and began painting full-time.

As a young man, Ron had been a basketball player and the Canadian Decathlon champion in 1966. The discipline and perseverance learned as an athlete were useful to improving his art. For 15 years starting in 1982, his wildlife paintings were published as limited edition prints. Numerous articles were written about his work in national and international magazines and his paintings have been reproduced in three books: From the Wild published by Somerset, Voices from the Wild and Rocky Mountain Wildlife, both published by Raincoast Books.

Ron has had more than two dozen one-man shows of his original paintings, and his other accomplishments include a commission by the Royal Canadian Mint for a collectors set of coins. He worked extensively in portraiture and figurative work from 1997 through 2003, holding two one-man shows during that period and receiving a feature piece in International Artist Magazine (Issue 22).
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His last wildlife show was in 2003 and for the next 10 years he painted contemporary landscapes in an essentialist style. This work represented a marked change from the detailed, representational paintings he had been known for. The landscapes were designed from an abstract view and concentrated on form, rhythm and colour with little detail. He held several very successful one-man shows of this work during that period.

In 2013, Ron again changed his painting style when he began using oils on canvas and returned to a representational style. He began using varied lighting more often, and the use of oils enabled him to paint subjects like clouds and water reflections more easily.

Ron and his family currently live on Vancouver Island. The Island’s coastline provides most of the inspiration for his paintings.

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