Ron Farnill

Born Leeds Yorkshire UK, Ron’s inborn love of the sea took him in his spare time to the Yorkshire coast and eventually to serve in the Royal Navy during World War II.

After migrating to Australia, he continued to be an enthusiastic competitor both as an amateur and later a professional cyclist until an accident compelled him to find another activity for his competitive spirit, this led him to Balnarring Yacht Club on Westernport and a boat of his own. He soon learned that boats don’t have brakes! Then he progressed from mono hulls to catamarans, trailer sailors, then to keelboats and ocean racing; all the while aware and respectful of the sea and vagaries of the weather.

Sea going days over the time came when Ron decided to use his talent to capture these experiences and memories on paper, bringing the ambience onto dry land. His skilful use of watercolour, colour harmony, composition of shapes and his obvious enjoyment of painting make his “marine portraits” a continuing joy to those fortunate to possess one.

At present Ron is sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with less experienced painters by conducting demonstrations at Art societies, Rotary Art Shows, and conducting one day workshops.

Mainly a self taught water colourist, greatly assisted by Robert Wade.

His first art award came in 1939, a National School Competition inEngland, and then a long break before recommencing in oils. Then thanks to the help and enlightenment provided by the great watercolourist Robert Wade, Ron now paints for the pure pleasure and enjoyment of watercolour. He is a strong believer of inherited memory and is sure many of his works evolve from his seafaring ancestors.

A member of AGRA, the Peninsula Art Society, The McClelland Guild of Artists, Oak Hill Gallery.

He has works permanently on display at: Frankston Cultural Centre, Nepean Historical Society,  Monash Medical Centre, Frankston Hospital, Quarantine Station Portsea, also had painting selected by Nepean Historical Society, for display in permanent marker at the First Settlement landing site.

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