Ron Stephens - Fine Artist

Ron Stephens

Irving, TX - United States

 
 
 

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Ron Stephens

Irving, TX - United States

Ron Stephens - Fine Artist

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About Ron Stephens

Ron retired from a 33 year career in advertising in 2005 and began thinking about a retirement career. He began painting in watercolor in May 2006 after reading many books and taking a weekly watercolor course from Tom Wellman, President of SWS at that time, at the Irving Heritage Center. Since then, he has taken workshops from Nita Leland, Carl Dalio, Naomi Brotherton, Arne Westerman, Mark Mehaffey, Ratrindra Das, Jane Jones, Skip Lawrence, Leslie Frontz, Maureen Brouillette, and Andy Evansen.

Ron is Publicity Chairman of the Southwestern Watercolor Society. Ron also teaches a once weekly Watercolor class at the Irving Heritage Center.

Ron likes to experiment and has been delving into acrylic abstract. Its quality of texture and opaqueness adds another dimension not found in straight watercolor. He prefers to gesso watercolor paper for texture before applying watercolor, acrylic, watercolor crayon, charcoal for a mixed media piece. It allows him to also play with different ways of applying the paint. That freedom creates a myriad of shapes, patterns and values that are different and exciting. He feels that there are still many areas that need to be explored to stay creative.

Ron is an avid plein air painter. He got started with past president Tom Wellman in 2007 that introduced Ron to plein air. Ron tries to attend every SWS Paint Out he can and enjoys the challenge of painting on site and dealing with the conditions to achieve the best painting possible.

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My inspiration comes from nature and the endless variety of its textures, shapes, values and colors. From the most complex to simple scenes, anything is possible as subject matter for a painting. I like the complexity of architecture and how it relates to its natural surroundings. I am still fascinated with the amazing qualities of straight watercolor. The feeling of the brush on paper and seeing colors mix with other colors. The excitement of the outcome is exhilarating.

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Ron Stephens - Back Alley

Back Alley

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Ron Stephens - Vortex

Vortex

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Ron Stephens - Crossroads

Crossroads

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Ron Stephens - Waiting

Waiting

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Ron Stephens - Lunch Alfresco

Lunch Alfresco

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Ron Stephens - Street Fare

Street Fare

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Ron Stephens - Dog Crossing

Dog Crossing

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Snorkel Girls

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Ron Stephens - Dreamscape 1

Dreamscape 1

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Ron Stephens - Across the Tracks

Across the Tracks

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Ron Stephens - Out There

Out There

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Ron Stephens - Waiting to Cross

Waiting to Cross

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Ron Stephens - West End Arch at Ross
Ron Stephens - Terra Verde

Terra Verde

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Ron Stephens - Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

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Ron Stephens - Fantasy

Fantasy

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Ron Stephens - Mothership

Mothership

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Ron Stephens - Eureka Springs AK 7

Eureka Springs AK 7

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