Ronald T. DeMuth (1934-2015)
The youngest of four children, Ronald T. DeMuth was born in Chicago, Illinois.
He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1958 with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
After serving in the Army he taught at Stanford University in Sunnyvale, California.
Ron left teaching to pursue work as a nuclear engineering specialist working for companies such as: Lockheed Missiles, General Electric, Raytheon Missiles Systems, Boston Edison Company and General Public Utilities. His work included lecturing in Japan and Germany as well as participating in the investigation of the 1979 Three Mile Island accident. Following Ron’s retirement he moved to Cape Cod where he began painting watercolors of the local scenery, and he began a catering business.
In 2002, Ron and his wife Anne, relocated to Charleston, South Carolina where Ron began experimenting with oil painting.
In 2012, Ron and Anne moved to Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, where Ron continued his explorations in landscape painting. Ron’s travels which included visits to The United Kingdom, Europe and Scandinavia, served as inspiration for many of his paintings.
Reversing the traditional method of applying color to white canvas, Ron often painted nature’s brilliancy on an underlayment of black. Working in a Primitive Impressionist style, Ron’s bucolic landscapes convey a reverence for the majesty found in nature. His work speaks of man’s ability to align with the natural world as well as to find serenity among its beauty.
Ron shared Lord Byron’s sentiment about the natural world:
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more”