ABOUT RON NORRIS


Born in Swindon, England into a working class family with two brothers. Ron left home just before his sixteenth birthday. Being forced to leave art school to earn enough to support himself Ron became an apprentice stone mason, carving grave-stones and bird-baths, and generally whacking away at large lumps of granite and limestone. After watching a movie in which convicts were also doing their thing on big bits of stone, Ron decided to take an easier---no--- more delicate path to fame and fortune, so he became a draughtsman (English spelling) at Morris Motors. Quitting that job to become a paper hanger and sign painter, he learned a bit about the building trade.

At eighteen Ron was conscripted into the Royal Navy’s Fleet-Air-Arm as an aircraft handler. Most of his time was spent on special projects
such as painting house signs for officers etc.. Ah.. the perks of power.

While serving in the navy in Northern Ireland Ron met his future wife Mary, who was to become the mother of his four children, Coleen, Mark, James and Michael.

After the navy came a stint as an upholsterer, making armrests for Jaguar automobiles. Then came a big move---Canada, and a job making displays for large retail stores, cutting out hundreds of Rudolphs and glittering their noses. Then came a job as a technical illustrator producing exploded views of airplanes and rockets. Leaving Canada for the U.S.A. in 1960, Ron went to work as a lead illustrator, eventually working his way through management to run the company producing all the Yellow Pages for the State of California. Responsible for designing workplace and workflow for 650 programmers, artists, managers, typesetters and many other disciplines, Ron didn’t have much time for his own artwork until he retired in 1993.

Since that time he has enjoyed model making, carving, designing and building trains, sign-painting, furniture making, and in general designing and making anything with his hands. His work can be seen at Bell Gardens in Valley Center and at his home, which he designed and did a lot of the finish work. Ron has been lucky enough to have won two first places and a third place in the Del Mar Fair Fine Woodworking Show. These awards being given for a carousel Indian pony, a rocking horse and most recently for a mahogany and maple ark.

One project is the large scale modeling of the early California Missions which may eventually go on public display.

mosaic for a new church. (2004) 3ft x 5ft.

You can see a recent project (2014) listed under 'Divine Mercy Icon'.

One and only lifetime ambition in business,

To be worth more than I was making.