Ron Mabee

Ron was born and raised in the small town of Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from Annandale high school and later from Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario majoring in Business Administration. He worked more than 40 years combined with companies 3M Canada and spin off Imation Canada holding various positions related to Customer service, sales, marketing, sales management and special project management. It was while introducing 3M Adhesive Transfer Tape and Applicator Gun to art framers, artists, photographers, and art supply dealers that he began to develop an interest in the creative process of art. In 1984, encouraged by fellow 3Mer and watercolorist Ken MacFarlane (CSPWC) and Brampton, Ontario watercolorist Jack Reid (CSPWC), Ron enrolled in evening drawing and painting courses offered by Sheridan College Brampton and Oakville campuses.

In 1988, 3M relocated Ron and his family to the London, Ontario where he currently resides. He continued his art education by participating in local artist workshops. In 2008, he became a member of the London Brush & Palette Club. He served 6 years as co-convenor of the club’s workshop program sourcing the best teaching artists in all mediums from across Southwestern Ontario for 1 to 3-day workshop sessions. He is an active, award-winning participant in the club’s Annual Art Show and Sale.

Ron’s medium of choice is watercolor with focus on landscapes, seascapes and people.

“I’m an avid golfer and watercolor is just like golf, challenging, difficult, frustrating, takes a lot of practice and is a never-ending learning process. They always say one good golf shot is all it takes to bring you back to the course to do it all again tomorrow. Similarly, one good brush stroke, wash, or value change can tease your emotions and desires to create more art.”

Ron is a firm believer that to become a better painter one needs to develop their drawing skills. As an artist instructor once told him, to be better at drawing, one needs to do life drawing every day because if you can get relatively comfortable drawing the human body you can draw pretty much anything. Taking this advise to heart, Ron has and continues to religiously complete a 20–30-minute life drawing every day since 1984. The drawings are quick renditions. Mistakes are not erased but used as learning tools for the next day’s drawing. Each drawing is signed and dated. Recently Ron has expanded his art to explore Pen & Ink and Urban sketching adding a touch of watercolor.

Artist’s NOTE:

“I hope you enjoy exploring this website and the art I have produced over the years. Art has opened many new doors, broadened my education and encouraged personal growth. It has allowed me to develop lifelong friendships within the artistic community and with those who have purchased or viewed my work.”

Thank You!

I would like to thank my wife Cathie, my family, and friends for their encouragement and ongoing support. Special thanks to my daughter Dr. Marnie Mabee D’Andrea for designing and creating this website.

” If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint”.