There are 10 Galleries.

The Shakespeare painting has its own page here.


The Wildfowl Trust painting has its own page here.


The first three galleries draw on his experience as a boatman on St Michaels Mount and revisit some favourite sources of inspiration.

The second two galleries are devoted to an exhibition entitled 'Depths of Light' 2002

The other five Galleries contain work from exhibitions spanning many years of association with the Portal Gallery including collections inspired by Dylan Thomas' Under Milkwood, The Haggadah and Ronnies life as a boatman on St Michaels Mount.

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Every effort has been made to keep the images as true to the originals as possible. However, an image on a screen can never hope to replicate an original, the way the paint reflects the light - particularly when the work has been built up over many layers of underpainting such as Ronnie's, is entirely different to the RGB output from a computer screen. However, few have the opportunity to experience the richness of the original works, so this site will attempt to give you some idea. We hope you enjoy it. Click on menu above to view the galleries.

St Michaels Mount


Ronnie is currently working on his next one man show which will be at the Portal Gallery, Marylebone, London in 2009.

Below are examples of work in progress...




From Sept 2002

‘Aside from private commissions, the last decade has seen only a handful of paintings by Ronnie Copas on public display. However, his association with the Portal Gallery, Dover Street, Piccadilly, for over a quarter of a century, has encouraged a celebratory exhibition of twenty new paintings and a selection of drawings.

Titled 'Depths of Light', Copas exploits an eclectic mix of subjects culled from his days as a boatman on St Michael's Mount, his sketching trips in Spain and Greece, and drawn from the works of William Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas's 'Under Milkwood'.

The paintings explore the inner depths of sunshine, shadow and reflected light in deepest shade.
From candlelit Cardinals to fishermen 'lamping' in the Mediterranean night, Copas offers a closely observed slice of life served up in the grand manner.

Recognized for his 'blonde' egg tempera paintings on gesso panel, the artist has chosen for this show, a carefully researched Van Eyck technique of resin oil over a meticulous underpainting, which, with glazes and scumbling, can achieve depths of colour and light otherwise unobtainable.’

Example of first stage of underpainting on King Lear