Born in Germany to Army parents Ronnie initially studied under the Scottish colourist, John Nelson, at the newly opened Stevenson College in Edinburgh.
Living in garrison towns in both England and Germany, summers were spent in Berlin with his german family and while negotiating the impact of both a divided Germany and the Berlin Wall, he developed a taste for modernism and an understanding of place: admiring the work of the architects Hans Scharoun and Mies van der Rohe as well as the art of Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline.
Moving to Dundee he studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design before graduating with degrees in Architecture from Dundee University.
After working with the internationally acclaimed architects Percy Thomas Partnership and winning accolades for his public sector projects he set up CODA Architects, where he was able to explore themes that would also inform his Art: themes that were intellectually generated, poetically inspired and reflecting the ’genius Loci ‘ of a place.
Working full time from his Bristol based studio his paintings start from marks made directly on the canvas; a work emerges, which is then followed and shaped: line is the prime signifier with a focus on the paint, creating abstract paintings rooted by an architect's understanding of place and the impact of line to explore identity through memory and the human need to tell stories and make marks.
Canvas is often left untouched, sometimes to crowd the paint, sometimes left as vestigial space to allow the paint space to breathe, from a belief that what is not said also has value.
Ronnie is an Associate Member of the Spike Island art centre and artists community in Bristol and member of painters network southwest