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His love of old world architecture is prominent in Roger’s paintings, transporting the viewer into history, other times and places. His use of bold colours and sense of perspective enhances the illusion of being there.
He is intrigued by and has great respect for working boats, whether at sea, at anchor or at the dock. “I feel that as an artist, details count and when I paint a boat, it is my responsibility to paint that boat reflecting the accuracy of its lines.” For Roger, it is exciting when a seaman shares that “I recognize that boat. I worked on it and you got the lines right.”
He is not just painting a wall or window or a boat or a wave on a beach, he is telling a story or inviting the viewers to tell theirs. “I paint because I love the process and the challenge of a blank canvas and the sometimes unpredictable, yet exciting, outcome.”
Roger now lives and paints on Vancouver Island, painting in oil and acrylic, en plein air or in studio, on canvas or wood panels. He conducts workshops and teaches courses. His approach to teaching is that it’s not really teaching; it’s more guiding and encouraging, building confidence, peeling back the layers to find the artist inside.
His work has been exhibited in Calgary, Vancouver and various shows and venues on Vancouver Island, including but not limited to: