MEET THE ARTIST:
Ron was born in Sydney, Australia as the world began to edge ever closer towards World War Two. His home was filled with talk of ships and shipping. The dining table was often covered in ships' manifests as his father, Tally Clerk with the shipping company Burns Philp, struggled to organise the cargo arrangements of the many ships competing for commerce. Ron's keen interest in the maritime world was further kindled at an early age when his father took him to visit many of the ships visiting Sydney Harbour. The most memorable of those visits was to the German 4-masted barque Pamir, as well as the popular and beautiful merchant fleet of Burns Philp ships which traded across the Pacific Ocean. Over the years Ron's work, sport, interest and hobbies have all added a vast store of knowledge and experience to those early recollections.
Although Ron had always sketched and doodled, he began seriously painting ships and other maritime subjects in 1983. Painting mainly in oils, Ron sometimes uses water colour, line and wash, or ink drawing as the subject warrants.
Each painting is meticulously researched to ensure that details are correct for both the ship and its setting. Ron has an extensive database of ships where he can research their years of launch and disposal, changes of name, changes of owner, colour and rigging. His personal research library extends to cover his deep interest in Australia's working tug boats, and the many and varied flags and pennants that have been in use over the centuries.
Ron is a member of the Southern Cross Art Group and is an Exhibiting Member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists. He continues to read, collect information, photographs and pictures, belongs to several maritime museums and now in retirement Ron and his wife Helen have travelled the world visiting museums, restored ships and collecting information for later use.
Ron SCOBIE A.S.M.A.
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