Gerrit Roon was born in the Netherlands in 1937 and as a young man emigrated from Holland to South Africa in 1958. He was instantly impressed by South African scenery and quality of light, and soon began experimenting in oils, watercolors and pastels before settling on oils as his chosen medium of expression.
Although interested in drawing and sketching from an early age, Gerrit Roon never pursued formal art training and remains largely self-taught. His diligence and devotion to his craft has nevertheless enabled him to produce landscape art that is imbued with uniqueness of both interpretation and style. The subject matter for Gerrit Roon’s landscape art includes wildlife, villages, hills and his famous coastal scenes. His treatment of light, balance of color and composition put him at the forefront of contemporary South African landscape artists.
Many visitors to South Africa are particularly drawn to this artist’s work as he combines the lush treatment of South African scenery with expert technique. His work is slow and deliberate, building layer upon layer until the desired effect is created. This is particularly true of his depictions of boats in West Coast harbours and European shipyards.