LOCK HAVEN - Area artist Ron Beach will have a solo show at the Station Gallery, 2 E. Bald Eagle St., from Friday through July 29. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
As a boy, Ron Beach developed a passion for nature. While most boys his age were involved in sports, Beach would be found roaming the fields and forests that surrounded his home, doing what he called "nature snooping."
At Williamsport Technical Institute, now known as Pennsylvania College of Technology, Beach trained to become a draftsman and was hired by the State Department of Highways. Beach also became a deputy game protector with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Beach's art career began in 1984 when his fiance presented him with an acrylic paint set and introduced him to the artwork of Robert Bateman. Since that time, he has followed Bateman's career and considers him a mentor and the greatest influence on his art. "From the time I received that paint set, I have never laid a brush down. The knowledge and experience I have gained from working as a draftsman and with wildlife have contributed to solid foundation for my art. I paint what I like; inspiration for a subject comes from spending time alone in the woods. I look at things that most people would step over. I believe I am getting better with age. I am much happier with my latest work than I am with my earlier work."
For a painter who doesn't release many paintings per year, the commitment lies in the quality of the work and the integrity of the composition.
"I definitely know what I expect of myself and my work. It takes time to do something well. So much of today is about instant gratification, but anything lasting is the result of time devoted to making it the best."
No matter what his subject may be, Beach's paintings will always be known for their thoughtful composition, richly detailed landscapes and accurately portrayed wildlife.
Today, 25 years later, Beach divides his time between his art and other interests. He spends the winter months on his art and in the summers and early autumn he enjoys working for Rider Park.
He said, "I can't be painting everyday. I tried that and it just doesn't work for me. Besides, the park is a great place to spend your summers."
Beach has served on the board of directors of the Lycoming Audubon Society, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, The Bald Eagle Art League and Rider Park.
Beach was selected a artist of the year twice by the West Branch Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and his art was selected as a "sponsor print" for the Ruffed Grouse Society.
His art has been published on the covers of various magazines and calendars. Many of his limited editions are sold out and on the secondary market. He has designed many collectors' patches for several organizations. Beach's work has raised thousands of dollars for many conservation and nonprofit organizations.