Ron is a graduate from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California (Honors) and worked in advertising for thirty years as an Advertising Art Director in Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, where he raised two children and lives with his wife Emily. Ron is an accomplished and award winning water color painter and portrait artist. His love of building kites started when he built stunt kites for family members as Christmas presents and found his love for kite building. His kite design ability and interest in appliqué made for a prefect transition into unique large heavily appliquéd soft kites.
His standard appliquéd kite is a 240 sq. ft. soft kite he designed from the ground up to use as a platform for his aerial art. His Swifts are very stable flying kites and fly in winds from 3 to 22 mph. This allows his beautiful kites to fly while others are grounded because of little or too much wind. They are so well behaved that he flies 5 to 7 large kites at the same time. When he is on the beach it looks like a festival… even when he flies alone.
He is an invited celebrity guest in International Super Kite Festival 2015 – Goa /Pune India; 2014/2015 Pasir Gudang, Malaysia and Satun, Thailand kite festivals; Bondi Beach Festival of the Winds, Sydney, Australia; Dieppe, New Brunswick; Windscape in Swift Current, Sask.; Festival Saint-Honoré, Saguenay, Quebec; Berkeley Kite fest, Berkeley, California; Lincoln City, Oregon Kite fest and Brookings, Oregon Kite festivals.
Ron is a frequent instructor at kite building retreats including OKR and Fort Worden, Oregon. He the recipient of many awards including Best Kite and Best Visual Appeal at the 2013 AKA National Convention in Seaside, Oregon.
Ron enjoys all forms of kiting but lives to share his expertise and love of the sport. If he is on the beach you will find him talking and answering questions to all ages about his art in the sky.