Ron Mulligan

For as long as he can remember, art captured his attention growing up in Southern California.  Field trips led him to the L.A. Museum in his early teens and he was exposed to a wealth of fine arts.

Beginning with oil painting classes as early as age 10 at Aaron Brothers Art Studio in Huntington Park, Ron toyed with color and texture; experimenting, learning.  Throughout junior high and high school, he took every art class possible.  In the summer, when most children were at the local swimming hole, Ron was on a bus to downtown L.A. to take an all day art class, studying painting, ceramics and sculpting.

By his mid teens, Ron was working in his father’s shop learning carpentry, cabinetry and other wood working skills.  His “apprentice position” helped guide him into fine wood working.

Into his 30’s, Ron spent years making furniture, painting with oils and working in stained glass, all in his spare time while raising his two children and working full time in Kingman, Arizona.  Simply by happenstance, in exchange for some carpentry work, he acquired a lathe as payment and discovered that wood was his true medium.  And the love affair began.

Ron has lived in the Southwest all of his life, always intrigued by the culture and art of the Native Americans who inhabited the region.  While hiking on weekends, he explored the petroglyphs and pottery shards left behind by these ancient people and became enthralled with southwest designs.

In July, 2001, after stumbling onto segmented wood turning, Ron began turning his own bowls, incorporating the shapes and symbols of the Southwest into his vessels.  This “hobby” soon became his passion; one that consumes all of his spare time.

With a great deal of support from his wife, family and friends, Ron was coaxed into entering art fairs and shows and received a very warm reception to this work.  In just his 2nd year of wood turning, he was asked to teach his craft at Mohave Community College in Kingman, Arizona.  His art is now displayed in prominent fine art galleries in the Southwest as well as numerous private collections across the U.S. and abroad.