Oil, watercolor (gauche) , pen/ink and pencil.
Ron Darcey has been an artist since able to command a pencil to do his bidding. He earned his talent from his father, a pencil artist. His first commissions were drawing cartoons for friends when in grammar school for 25 cents. After discharged in 1962 from USMC he studied commercial art at the Oakland Institute of Commercial Art, wanting to become an architectural renderer until beginning his career as an art director designing packaging and developing his watercolor gouache technique. Always a passionate aviation enthusiast and pilot, gouache was the medium he favored for painting aviation, both military and civilian; one of his paintings hangs in the Pentagon.
Until becoming a member of PAL his only participation in art shows or competitions have been the Pensacola Naval Air Station held the museums yearly aviation art shows. His first showing of a landscape painted in France in 1987 was first shown with PAL in 2018; ‘Grist Mill in Lorraine,’ also featured in the gallery. Though remaining an avid aviation artist, where most of his commissions derive, his focus also now includes an interest expanding into broader ventures.
Ron lives in Castro Valley with his wife Carolyn. Their home situated in a quiet court, his studio silently situated in his backyard amongst a small orchard that is without a computer, telephone or a smart device to interrupt his concentration.