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Background
    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.