Sculpting in wood, metal, and clay is a natural extension of who I am, a window to my past and my story of the world around me, ever changing. Wood as a medium for art is at the heart of my work. The wood guides every decision I make. Each unique detail, such as how the tree grew, the direction of the grain, the species of tree, the dryness and the other values which affect finish, speaks to my creative process. As a young child, I taught myself to carve and whittle wood found in my own backyard and was amazed that I was able to create so many interesting objects; this sense of wonder continues to drive my work. There is magic in taking something from nature that we encounter everywhere in life and transforming it into art. Throughout all of my work, color is an integral element, whether it is applied or inherent to the medium. When I make the decision to add color, I use a palette drawn from nature. Specifically, the fiery colors of sunrises and sunsets are repeated throughout my body of work. The symbiosis of the sun and the forest bring an important relationship to my work that I find compelling and balancing. Recently, I’ve been exploring other combinations of metal and wood to achieve my visions. Sculptures of welded steel and bronze castings are becoming a focal point of my art.
Roger's ArtPrize Entries
These are Roger's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Roger's Past Work
These are images of past work that Roger has done.