Artist Ron Bayens
, originally a native of suburban Toronto, Ontario, began drawing and painting at an early age. By the fourth grade, his talent was so apparent that his teachers arranged time away from his regular studies to encourage him to develop his already remarkable skills.
In 1988, Bayens completed his degree at the Ontario College of Art, but he found their modern approach to painting unsatisfying. So, Ron studied the techniques of the Old Masters under noted portraitist Michael John Angel.
Through many years of hard work and dedication to perfecting his craft, Ron Bayens developed a distinctive realistic style which has been the subject of a feature article in Art Impressions
Among Ronald Bayens' long list of credits are numerous art awards, including those from The Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, in 1987, and The Salvation Army, in 1988.
During his apprenticeship, Ron Bayens realized that children were his favorite subject, and he has distinguished himself in the art world for his warm and insightful portrayal of them. "I like to strain out the wonderful moments,"
says the artist, "I like a sense of innocence and peace ... with a healthy dose of optimism. Norman Rockwell always had that effect on me ... If one of my paintings brings a smile to a person's face or stirs a fond memory, then I feel I have created something worthwhile."
Ron and his family now live in Auburn, Alabama. Even though Ron still strongly believes in the traditions of his trade, technology has become an important tool for both preparatory and creative work — he uses a custom built PC, scanner, and a digital camera. Rest assured that his portraiture continues to be the oil on canvas he has always loved!