Roger studied painting at Birmingham College of Art and Design (1961 - 1965). He works is firmly rooted in the landscape, his home in the fishing port of Newlyn providing the ideal base for his paintings of the far South West of Cornwall. These are almost always begun, and often completed "en plein air". He has exhibited work in Birmingham, Bristol and London, including at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. The Royal West of England Academy, and the Royal Society of Marine Artists. In 1993 he won the "Wellingborough Open" competition. His work is in collections around the world. "This is a very special place for any painter, the light, which everyone talks about, seems to reverberate in the moist air blowing in from the Atlantic. It wraps itself around forms and penetrates shadows, often enriching them with unexpected colour. But it also has a harsh quality, quite unlike the light usually experienced in the UK. Of course, it changes constantly, as do the tides, the weather, the coming and going of the boats, animals and people, nothing in this landscape is static for more than a few minutes. I enjoy the challenge of trying to record transitory events; shadows, reflections, birds, water. In this quite small area, further interest comes from the tremendous variety of different locations; the beaches, windswept moor lands with Cornish hedges, wild rocky cliffs and the busy harbours. All are favourite painting subjects.

ROGER CURTIS