The other day I took my camera over to Ron and Pat’s apartment to take photos of Ron’s ships.
They are my neighbors where I now live. They’ve been very friendly and made me feel quite welcome here.
What Does The Sea Symbolize In Art?
The ocean is the beginning of life on Earth and symbolizes formlessness, the unfathomable, and chaos.
The ocean can also be seen as a symbol of stability, as it can exist largely unchanged for centuries.
Ron refers to the extra bedroom where he builds his ships as “the shipyard.”
There are ships of all sizes in his shipyard. Amazingly enough, he doesn’t use instructions or manuals to build his ships.
He builds them by looking at a photo. A true craftsman.
This extra bedroom is filled with all the tools he needs to build ships. Everything in the room relates to ships and the sea.
He has a stunning diorama that I will one day photograph and show you.
Much of the decor in their apartment is related to coastal artforms and nautical design.
Everywhere you look you see ships, paintings, and lighthouses along with miniature sea captains.
When I visit with them on their patio, Ron will often get up from his rocker and say that he has to get back to the shipyard.
As though it is imperative that he clock in now and then.
The Ability To Work With Small Pieces:
I don’t know how he takes those tiny pieces and constructs such detailed ships. You’d certainly have to have a very steady hand and manual dexterity.
Ron has been interviewed by the Tulsa newspaper regarding his shipbuilding. And people from all over the world have ordered ships from him.
Photos Of Their Apartment:
I took a few other photos of their home. This beautiful stained glass fits right in their window.
It’s also a work of art, and the sun glowing through it makes it even more striking.
While I was there I also learned that his wife Pat is an artist. She painted the artwork that hang on the walls of their apartment. Above is just one of her many paintings.
Both of them are artists who specialize in different forms of visual art.
Below is a sketch Pat drew of her husband while he was at work building one of his ships.
The two of them have been married for many years. And during those years they have perfected their own art forms right alongside one another.