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Ron Stephens

Irving, TX - United States

Ron Stephens - Fine Artist

Ron Stephens

Member Since: 03/06/2011

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. 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 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, Shows Chairman of Irving Art Association.
Ron likes to experiment and has recently started delving into acrylic. Its quality of texture adds another dimension not found in straight watercolor. 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 does not want to be put in a niche that would define a particular style. He feels that there is still many areas that need to be explored to stay creative. Ron is an avid plein air painter. He likes the challenge of setting up, in usually less than ideal conditions, and painting the scene in front of him. Defining the scene in a sketch on the paper is somewhat easy, its the ever changing lighting and weather conditions that is the challenge.
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 it mix with other colors. The excitement of the outcome is exhilarating.

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