Roger is an illustrator extraordinaire and a zoologist as well.
Roger’s illustrations are the result of careful observation, backed by a scientists understanding of form and function, plus decades of painting experience. Over the past 25 years Roger has created over 6000 illustrations, principally of fish and other marine life of the Indo-Pacific region, for guide books, identification books and museums and scientific institutions around the world.
As well as painting in the conventional manner, Roger also begins drawing some of his larger pieces underwater. Once Roger selects a suitable reef scene, he sets up a reference grid of nylon cords around the reef, dividing it up into a number of rectangles. Many hours are then spent drawing the scene beneath the waves on scuba, using graphite on a specially designed underwater drawing board. These intimate drawings, due to the time spent observing the reef, have a perspective and detail not possible to capture with photography.
The detailed underwater drawings call on Rogers experience as a zoologist and focus on the big picture: the forces that shape reefs, the myriad ways sea life adapts and the complex relationships between sea creatures themselves and the reef structures they live in. A variety of large-format panoramas and mural paintings have been completed with this technique for institutions.
Roger and his partner Catherine Julien own and manage ANIMA, an image bank based in Fremantle, Western Australia.