North Beach Studio - Salt Spring Island - British Columbia - Canada
Ronald Smith, born and educated in Fife, Scotland, studied at St. Martins College of Art in London, then did his degree at Edinburgh College of Art. He pursued his painting while teaching art and exhibiting regularly in group shows throughout Scotland.
He and his wife, the artist, Helen Ormiston Smith, moved to Canada in 1969. He did post graduate work at Western Washington University, graduating M.Ed. in Art Education. He taught again in Victoria and served as Co-ordinator of Fine Art with the BC Ministry of Education. He served as a Lecturer in Studio Art and Art Education at the University of Victoria.
Ronald's work reflects his passion for and curiosity about the origins of mankind and the place of man, past and present, on the planet. Of particular appeal are his nuances of light and colour on vast landmasses, and the intimate detail that is found in natural environments. He has a strong foundation in expressive and formal abstraction; drawing and composition; and rich orchestration of colour in the continuing tradition of the Scottish Colourists
His work is found in public and private collections in Europe, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Australia.
He has travelled extensively, sailed across the Pacific, and raced yachts in BC waters. He now lives and paints on Salt Spring Island in the beautiful Gulf Islands of British Clumbia.