Born in Tacoma, Washington, Ron Spears graduated with a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound in 1988, and earned his M.F.A. in illustration from the University of Hartford in Connecticut in 2009.
Spears’ style varies depending on what a project requires. “I was classically trained in a realist tradition,” says Spears. “As an illustrator I’ve had a variety of projects that called for realism, whimsy, fantasy, cartoon, and everything in between, so I’ve developed a wide skill base in traditional as well as digital tools.” In addition to being an art director for Wizards of the Coast, where Spears created hundreds of illustrations for games such as "Magic: The Gathering," "Dungeons and Dragons," and the "Harry Potter Trading Card Game," he has also produced work for Upper Deck, Blizzard Entertainment, and others.
Spears illustrated book covers and magazine articles as well as the children’s book Dad, Are You The Tooth Fairy? written by actor Jason Alexander. As a lead illustrator for International Game Technology, and an art director for Sierra On-Line, Spears has created countless illustrations for dozens of video games.
Currently Spears and his family resides in Reno, Nevada, and he teaches art and design at Southern Utah University.