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Ron Friesen is a photographer and painter - inspired by his environment as he follow stories and re-writes in light, rhythm and texture. He says art stimulates and reveals who he has become.
While a disciplined and studied photographer, his tendency is to disrupt order, mangle reality and imply alternatives to realism.
Photography began for Ron when he was seventeen. He worked for ten years as a musician, taking jobs in restaurants, construction, trucking and driving taxi to supplement income. He married at twenty-one, became a father at twenty-three, then came off the road at twenty-seven and into the world of advertising as a writer and broadcast producer.
In 2016 Ron lost his clear vision.
A torn retina left him legally blind in one eye, and he lost his ability to read, drive, wander alone or use computers. One thing, though. Light still came in and triggered the imagination. Colours remained vivid through the distortion.
After the better part of a year his brain adjusted to the slightly distorted sight regained after surgery. Light, shape, colour and form would not be taken for granted again. And the appreciation for abstract realities is now evident in his painting and photographic art.
Ron has returned to his art full time, revealing his experience and passion, continuing to produce paintings and photographs for those who engage with his expressions, emotion and enjoy the unique stories he reveals through his carefully crafted and intentional work.