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Ron Stephens

Ron Stephens Fine Art

Irving, TX

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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, 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.

ARTIST STATEMENT
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.

 
 

CTC Auto Ranch

 
 

CTC Auto Ranch 2

 
 

Breaking Away

 
 

Bright Day in the Canyon 3

 
 

Inigma

 
 

The Still of the Night

 
 

Street Improvements 2

 
 

Longhorn Wrangler

 
 

Warrior Shaman

 
 

Inferno

 
 

Street Improvements

 
 

Semper Fi

 
 

Holding the Light

 
 

Hard Hats Digging Crew

 
 

Bright Day in the Canyon 2

 
 

Bright Day in the Canyon 1

 
 

Anticipation

 
 

What LIes Beneath

 
 

Out West

 
 

Gotham

 
 

Woods Abstract

 
 

Allegory

 
 

The Green Line

 
 

Tribal

 
 

Lost Horizons