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simple illustration is a far better representation of Ronald Wilkinson
Artist, because it shows the youthful and exuberant nature he exhibits
at age 84.
A lifetime love affair with visual fine art, best describes my
background. In Kindergarten I won my first award with a sculpture of a
cat in a curled up position. From that time forward, art has been
my passion. I have studied at Weber College under Farrell Collett, Brigham Young University under Dick Stuart and the University of Utah under Alvin Gittins.
After completing my education at the University of Utah, I found myself
broke and a family to support. The advertising field was my only
option. I have been associated with top advertising agencies in
both Canada and the western United States as well as major US
corporations. The positions I have held with a few of the largest are:
Northwest District Manager at Skaggs Drug Centers (American Stores
Company); Senior Artist at Showacre, Coons, Shotwell and Adams
Advertising, Communications Manager and Advertising Manager at Morrison
Knudsen Company, Creative Director at Francis, Williams and Johnson
Ltd., Advertising Agency and Public Relations Counsel / Alberta Canada;
I have also been the owner of two very creative and art oriented
advertising agencies... Wilkinson Advertising and Marketing and
Wilkinson & Gessel Advertising. I now have
master-artist.com a marketplace for my paintings on the Internet
In addition to my advertising career I have taught life painting,
portrait painting and basic and advanced painting at "Weber State
University" in Ogden, Utah, and at two private art schools..."Riverside
Art Center" in Riverside, California and "Bertha Eccles Community Art
Center in Ogden, Utah. I am a cowboy artist / western artist
/ classical realist artist and a past Chairman and past Board
Member of the Visual Arts Association / Utah and a past Board Member of
the Saint George Arts Commission.
Philosophy of Painting
As you will see, traditional realism in life painting is my passion. "When we consider the infinite variety of action of the human and animal forms, their grace and strength
of movement in any given moment, it requires a knowledge of
structure, an understanding of action and of insight into character to
capture the true image."
It has been said, "Like man himself is a subtle merging of mind and
matter. The artist's task is to express both at the same
time, by minimizing the discrepancies and magnifying
the similarities between the inner and outer selves. The
best artists make an image that shows the two parts merged in
harmony." It, like no other, brings an emergence of life to canvas.