Elu­sively Cap­tur­ing Glo­ri­ous Na­ture

Arabella - - FRONT PAGE - Writ­ten by Na­dia Ter­signi

The first in­spi­ra­tion

"The very first time that I re­call re­ally look­ing at a piece of art, I was about 7 years old. My par­ents were vis­it­ing some ca­sual ac­quain­tances in their East Van­cou­ver home…i found my­self star­ing at an oil paint­ing our hosts had hang­ing in their living room. It was fas­ci­nat­ing to me how real it looked from afar, yet upon closer in­spec­tion how care­lessly the paint seemed to be ap­plied in what ap­peared to be a sloppy man­ner. To me it was both beau­ti­ful and haunt­ing… Since that mo­ment in time I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in look­ing at paint­ings when­ever or wher­ever I could find them." Ron Hedrick’s in­cli­na­tion to be a dreamer has al­ways been a part of who he is. Ir­re­spec­tive of life’s chal­lenges, whether it be his strug­gle in form­ing friend­ships dur­ing el­e­men­tary school or the di­vorce of his par­ents fol­lowed by his en­su­ing de­ci­sion to quit school in or­der to as­sist with con­tribut­ing to the living ex­penses, Ron al­ways had his dream. At the age of 17, his in­de­pen­dence soared as he moved to Cal­gary, Al­berta, living on his own. In short time, his girl­friend, Teresa Vec­chio, fol­lowed suit from Nel­son, Bri­tish Columbia, and they mar­ried in 1960. Within one year’s time, their son Tracy was born, fol­lowed by their daugh­ter, Debi. With a fo­cus on build­ing a solid fam­ily foun­da­tion, in­clud­ing the de­sire to pur­chase their first home, Ron be­came em­ployed at a plas­tics plant. How­ever, fol­low­ing a lay­off, a de­ci­sion was made to sell their home and move to Van­cou­ver where Ron worked as a printer. Once pro­moted to night shift su­per­vi­sor,

left, The Cen­turian, oil on can­vas, 36" x 24" above, Au­tumn River, oil on can­vas, 30" x 40"

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