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Roger was born in the UK, came to Canada as a child on the last of the 4-funnel steamships, the Aquitania. His formative years were spent in Stratford Ontario. Although his interest in art has been life-long, he didn't start painting until the early '90s when he attended a series of continuing education courses. In 1997 he was transferred to Calgary where he met his most-influential instructor and mentor, Marija Petricevic, who challenged and encouraged. He was juried into the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1999 and has maintained Active Status membership to date. As his working career was winding down, they moved to Vancouver Island in 2008, settling in Mill Bay. Now retired . . . whatever that is . . . he has been able to devote more time to his painting, participating in numerous art events, even doing some instructional workshops. He believes it is important to keep nurturing creativity in others.
Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver & Victoria
Maple Bay Painters
Cowichan Valley Arts Council
Ladysmith Arts Council
Victoria Arts Council
Exhibitions and Participation:
TD Paint In, Victoria BC
Artist-in-Residence Program (Artishow), Victoria BC
Arts on the Avenue, Ladysmith BC
Visions Studio Tour, Cowichan Valley
I love the process of painting - the challenge of a blank canvas, the feel of the paint on the canvas, watching the interplay of colours as the picture evolves. My subjects are varied: the old world of Europe mixed with the new, the working boats of a working people, portraits of loved ones whether they be people or pets.
I paint en plein air or in studio, from my imagination or my own reference pictures - both are satisfying. Plein air offers many challenges due to the constantly changing light, giving a very narrow window to capture the essence of what you see and how you see it. Sometimes my work is an unintentional mixed media when the wind blows a wet canvas to the ground in the rain.
I give thanks to all those who have guided, taught, critiqued, encouraged and continue to influence me in this pursuit.