The Life of Fish Artist Ron Pittard
The Life & Legacy of Ron Pittard
This part-time passion eventually turned into his full time career after he quit his job working for an electronics firm in the 70's. He grew to become one of the most well-respected and admired fish artists to ever live. Although he was quite the recluse and very hard to get ahold of, a rare interview with him happened in 1992 where he shared all of his artistic practices. He didn't stop with just replicas and illustrations, however. He explored many different types of artforms including wood carving, clay sculpting and canvas painting.
Fun Facts About Ron Pittard
2. When speaking of his love for his craft in the 1992 interview, he's quoted saying, "You just plod along and plod along, and pretty soon it's done!"
3. After being frustrated with the quality limitations of skin mounted fish, he switched to plaster molds for reproductions which is how he eventually developed his unique practice!
4. For many years of his life, Ron didn't have a phone, computer, beeper or fax machine, making contact with him a very difficult thing.
5. Ron had one student that he taught his craft to, Dave Smith. Dave continued on to create the fish replicas Ron had taught him and even went on to win a WASCO Award at the 1999 Oregon Association of Taxidermists.
- Robert Donahue