Elusively Capturing Glorious Nature
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"