Harold Roney (1899-1986), "The Oak Tree, Kerrville", c. 1930, oil on canvas: 25 x 30 in., frame: 31 x 35.5 in.
Harold Roney was born in Sullivan, Illinois in 1899. His artistic training began at the Chicago Art Academy and was followed by training at Art Institute of Chicago. After working for a period as an art teacher in South Bend, Illinois, he moved to Houston in 1925, and moved again after three years to the Boerne hill country outside San Antonio. He received training from two Texas painters, Harry Anthony deYoung and Paul Schuman. He was a landscape painter of some note, and never failed to enjoy painting the Texas landscape. A colorist of note, he primarily painted in oil with brush or palette knife. He was also known as "The Cloud Master." In 1958, he began teaching at the Froman School of Art, in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, where he continued teaching until 1978. He exhibited at the Southern States Art League, the Connecticut Academy of the Fine Arts, Phillips Mill in New Hope, PA, and the New Orleans Art Association. He also was the subject of several one-man shows. His work is in the collection of the Witte Museum; the Austin, Texas Public Library; the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas; the South Bend, Illinois Public Schools; the Southwest Texas State Teachers College and the Austin Art League.