A noted watercolour artist, Ron Pickering is active in the local artistic community exhibiting his work at a variety of venues throughout the area including Arts on Main Gallery in Picton, his gallery/studio and on his website www.redroofgallery.ca
He enjoys teaching art to others and for 20 years conducted classes for Loyalist College at off-campus locations in Belleville and Trenton and at the Kingston School of Art for 15 years.
Ron has won several awards including Best in Show 2007, Artist of the Year 2002, Runner-up Artist of the Year 1998 at the Prince Edward County Fair and the People’s Choice Award at Quinte Art Council’s Expressions 2006. For several years, Ron hosted a television series, Painting with Pickering, which aired on Cogeco Cable, Belleville and is still shown on cable stations throughout Ontario.
Ron has completed many commissioned works for private clients and four of his paintings have appeared on the cover of the sailing magazine Gam. His painting The Creek was featured on the cover of County Magazine (Winter 2000) and he was the featured artist for the Winter 2017 edition of County Magazine.
“My approach to watercolour is somewhat more controlled than more traditional work in the medium. Less wet on wet technique is used and deep colours are achieved by applying multiple layers of transparent washes. I am looking for a sense of realism with textures and contrasts. The subjects I choose are often old buildings or objects that may be disappearing with time. My paintings are a form of preservation and I hope they evoke pleasant memories.”
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