Born December 4th, 1942 in British Columbia where he lives today, Ron Parker is recognized as one of the top wildlife artists in North America. His original acrylic paintings are avidly sought after and limited edition prints of his work sell out rapidly.
Ron began painting seriously in 1977, after attending an exhibition of the work of Fenswick Landsdowne in his native British Columbia. He started painting birds in watercolors, and by 1981 had graduated to full-background paintings.
Ron has had many successful one man shows both in Canada and the United States, including here at The Plaza Galleries. He is constantly striving to accurately portray animals and birds in their natural environment.
Ron spends many hours hiking and photographing in such diverse places as the Northwest Territories, Kenya, Costa Rica and the Rocky Mountains, gathering first hand knowledge of his subjects and their environment. He is an avid environmentalist and lends his support to projects aimed at preserving wildlife and nature.
He has said, "My objectives for paintings vary, but, most often, the objective is to depict the animal or bird in a natural and usually typical environment or situation. My ideas or concepts usually come from something I have seen while doing field work or from an abstract composition.
"In most paintings, I try to covey a mood or feeling that will evoke an emotional response in the viewer. This may be almost entirely due to the rendering of the background of the painting and have little to do with the species portrayed."
Ron and his family have lived on 160 acres near the Rocky Mountains in Southwest British Columbia where they can enjoy daily sightings of Coyotes, Deer, Black Bear, Elk and many species of both Songbirds and Raptors. This part of the country has provided the inspiration for a large portion of his paintings over the years and will continue to do so. Ron currently resides on Vancouver Island.
The Plaza Galleries is proud to present the fine art of Ron Parker.