Roger’s childhood was spent roaming country lanes and sketching nature. At 16 he started work in the building trade (still sketching whenever possible) until he was 24, when he moved to South Australia with his wife Gillian. Wanting to focus more on his art in this new chapter of his life, Roger completed 3 years of commercial art training (1977-80) to hone his skills. It was at this time Roger began developing a passion for painting Australian birds and wildlife, intrigued by the colours and beauty of Australia’s natural flora and fauna. Working from his studio at Port Elliot in the late 1970s and early 80s, he exhibited his first works at the Victor Harbor Rotary Art Exhibition, where he won first prize in a section for one of his paintings. Roger then went on to exhibit in the early Ocean street Gallery Victor Harbor and Rosetta Gallery. From there, Roger went from strength to strength, with his work showcased around the country and internationally.
Roger now works from his “Birds of a Feather” studio/gallery in the Old Mine Managers House in Kapunda, South Australia. He now works on corporate and private commissions, filling his own gallery with colourful Australian bird paintings and birds carved from Australian wood
With such nation-wide success as an Australian bird artist, it is little wonder his paintings have been referred to as “Australian wildlife art at it’s finest.” Roger is forever fascinated by the colour and splendour of birds and wildlife. His paintings of Australian birds depict these creatures the way we all see them; perched on road side fences, squabbling in fruit trees, or simply within their natural habitats of native Australian flora.
Roger’s works have been said to have quite a rural feel to them, with rusted barbed wire and gnarled, weather-worn fence posts often common elements. Roger enjoys the challenge of combining the very different textures of wood, rust, vegetation, water, feathers and fur to create an individual and unique feel in every painting.
Adelaide 1980 – 89: Kingston House Gallery, Green Hill Gallery, Studio 466, Barry Newton Gallery.
1980s Solo Exhibitions: Lombard Gallery, Darwin Framed Showcase Galleries
Sydney 1980-2000: George styles Gallery, Boyd Gallery, Morpeth Gallery.
Melbourne and Victoria: Wire Grass Gallery Eltham, Wise Possum Gallery, Adelaide’s Fine Art, Camberwell
Sydney 2001 Christies Australia art Auction to raise money for the Barren Grounds Bird Observatory educational centre for schools
Save the Children exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
Wildlife art society of Australasia (WASA)
E W Fitzpatric award 1992
The Peter Fox award 1993
Victorian Antique and Arts award Best Bird Painting 2000
Wildlife Arts Society of South Australia Best Oil/Acrylic 1993 and several Highly Commended awards over the years.
Port Adelaide Rotary award winner
Camberwell Victoria (Best Bird painting)
Finalist in the inaugural 2003 Waterhouse Natural History Exhibition Adelaide
Kidman Exhibition 2007 award winner plus Peoples’ Choice Award.
Save the Children exhibition in London at the mall galleries