Ron 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.
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).
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.
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
Islandís coastline provides most of the inspiration for his