Ron Gerton is a retired mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the nuclear field. He is self taught in jewelry casting and has made a bronze casting foundry. He has been casting metals for over 35 years and taught jewelry casting at the local community college for over 20 years.
The Art Nouveau style, with its emphasis on natural forms and shapes is his favorite design inspiration. The Bonsai plant, skillfully trained to defy nature and gravity, is a classic example and heavily influences his work. He transforms things that he finds in nature, that are no longer living, into metal for incorporation into his art pieces. This includes insects, leaves, seed pods, contorted sagebrush and cactus remains. These metal "fossils" now have a permanence that can be enjoyed for generations. To him, nature is the greatest creator of beauty and his challenge is to display it beautifully. Many of these casting are combined with wood turnings to form unique sculptures.