Ron Gillen Fine Arts

About the Artist

Ron is a self-taught artist, though he has learned composition and design from a 40-year architectural career. After retirement, he returned to one of his favorite pastimes of painting landscapes, architectural subjects, and portraits.

He approaches painting as telling a story. His watercolors strive for rich vibrant colors and expressions of light. He looks for the unusual to happen and often captures it with his camera. At other times his subject matter simply comes from his imagination.

Ron is a native of northwestern Ohio where he grew up on a farm about 20 miles from Toledo.

He earned a degree in Architecture from the University of Detroit in 1968. Immediately following graduation he entered the US Navy Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

After service in Vietnam, Ron returned to civilian life as an Architect in Madison, WI. While designing several projects for John Deere, Ron became interested in working for the client and took a position in 1979 as a Deere Corporate Staff Architect at the headquarters in Moline, IL.

In 1985 he left Deere and joined Daniel International (Fluor), retiring in 2000. Ron soon re-entered the engineering and construction field as a Senior Architect for ch2mhill-Lockwood Greene until February 2008.

Ron resides in Greenville, SC and operates a studio and gallery at Studio 110, Art Crossing, 300 River Street, Greenville.

Ron can be contacted at 864-918-3341 or Commissions are invited.