In Memoriam

Ronald D. Stephenson, age 73, went to be with our Lord on March 30, 2012, in Corpus Christi, TX, surrounded by his beloved family. He was born November 13, 1938 in Portsmouth, OH to Alma and Pearl Stephenson.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy and had retired from Corpus Christi Fire Dept. after 30 years of loyal service. Ron was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who's memory will always be cherished by us.

He was always there for his family and he yielded a great pride for all his children. He was a successful and well known master artist and his work was viewed and appreciated all over the United States and Internationally. He spent his adult life cultivating his artistic talents and, along with the support of his family, exhibited his works in first class galleries and art shows nationwide.

He was an All State basketball player in New Boston, Ohio and played basketball on a full scholarship at University of Tampa, (Florida). While serving in the US Navy he was the star player for the 8th Naval District and finished out his basketball career at Del Mar College.

Ron was preceded in death by his father: Pearl Stephenson, mother: Alma Howes, brother: Jerry Stephenson, Beloved in-laws: Domingo and Eloisa Benavides, Brother-in-laws: Alvaro and David Benavides, twin grandchildren: Justin and Ashley Stephenson. Survivors include his beloved wife of 51 years, Aurora Stephenson; children, Amanda Esparza (Oscar) Richmond, TX, Sandra Basile (Richard) Springfield, VA, Michael Stephenson Dague Army Base, South Korea; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren.


Born in Southern Ohio, Ron Stephenson began drawing in his early years. Ron was awarded a full, four year scholarship to the University of Tampa, at Tampa, Florida, where he majored in commercial art. After completing a tour in the armed services, Ron settled in Corpus Christi, Texas and became a professional artist in 1972. Ron has won numerous awards and ribbons for his artworks. He has lectured and demonstrated his artistic techniques as an instructor and has been called upon to jury art competitions. Ron Stephenson is one of South Texas' most noted and dynamic artists. He researches his subject matter by traveling to different locations, taking photos of all interesting subjects. After returning to his studio, he converts the combination of his research, imagination, and love for the Southwest, into tremendous burst of energy and talent on a canvas.

Artist's Statement

During my career, I have gone through several periods and styles. Like most South Texas artists, I have painted the Padre Island dunes, the Hill Country landscapes, and wildlife. My paintings are about seeing light and color. I aspire to capture lights and colors as they appear to me. I see the illumination and pulsating symphony of refraction and reflections. I envision not only the external, but also the internal lights and colors that emanate from within the spirit of the body and soul. As I create the painting, I can feel the aura that surrounds my subject and it all comes to play on the canvas as a bold, powerful composition of bright, vibrant, electrifying hues. Using mostly the primary and secondary colors, I apply with bold, brave strokes and with sincere feelings, all the strength and eagerness I can exert. I believe that my style gives my work its own powerful character. I have been painting the Native American Portraits and Southwest art for years, and I see no end to my creations of these strong, sensitive, and beautiful subjects and once again, my painting has become a very exciting and self-gratifying part of my live. The popularity of my paintings has met all my expectations.