A lifetime love affair with visual fine art best
describes Mr. Wilkinson's background. In Kindergarten he won his first
award with a sculpture of a cat in a curled up position. From that time
forward, art in all of its facets has been his passion. Ron studied at
Weber College under Farrell Collett, Brigham Young University under
Dick Stuart and the University of Utah under Alvin Gittins.
After completing Ron's education at the University
of Utah, he found himself with no money and a family to support. The
advertising field was his only option. Ron have been associated
with top advertising agencies in both Canada and the western United
States as well as major US corporations. The positions Ron has held
with a few of the largest are: Northwest District Advertising
Manager at Skaggs Drug Centers (American Stores Company); Senior Artist
at Showacre, Coons, Shotwell and Adams Advertising, the largest
advertising agency in Eastern Washington State; Communications Manager
and Advertising Manager at Morrison Knudsen Company, one of the largest
engineering and construction companies in the world; Creative Director
at Francis, Williams and Johnson Ltd., Advertising Agency and Public
Relations Counsel, the largest advertising agency in Alberta Canada; he
has also been the owner of two very creative and art oriented
advertising agencies... Wilkinson Advertising and Marketing and
Wilkinson & Gessel Advertising. He now has master-artist.com a
market place for his paintings on the internet.
In addition to Mr Wilkinson's advertising career he
has 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.
Ron is a traditional realist artist, western artist
and cowboy artist and a member of Oil Painters of America, past
Chairman and present 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 portraiture
and life painting are his 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 portrait'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 portraitists
make an image that shows the two parts merged in harmony." It, like no
other, brings an emergence of life to canvas.