Roger D. Arndt began to see the world through an artistic eye at the age of twelve, when he set out on his journey into the world of fine art.
In the early 1970’s, at the age of fourteen, Roger became inspired by the art of Loren D. Adams, Jr., a well-known seascape artist who was working out of Vancouver’s Granville Island district.
Roger became an apprentice to Adams. Through careful observation and Adam’s mentoring, Roger nurtured his own talent. He learned how to put paint on canvas, and express his vision through his brushes.
Roger’s first one-man show at Vancouver’s PNE was followed by a series of traveling shows with the Paul Thomas Exhibitions. In those early years, Roger focused mainly on seascapes while his talent blossomed and grew.
Roger began to draw inspiration from the wilderness during childhood visits to British Columbia’s Manning Park, where he and his family hiked, fished and explored the forests and lakes.
In his late teen years, Roger discovered his love for the Rocky Mountains. He spent several months each year exploring Alberta’s Lake Louise, Jasper, and Athabasca regions, hiking and camping at the base of towering mountains and ancient glaciers.
Roger was moved by the power and majesty of the mountains. His soul inspired, he began to paint these vast and glorious monuments.
Several years ago, Roger returned to painting oceans, the subject he had painted in his early years, but he approached it in a whole new way.
He wanted to represent the Pacific as he saw it when he traveled to places like Long Beach on B.C.’s west coast.
Roger also become fascinated with west coast Haida totems. He wanted to add structure to his paintings, and after studying the history of totems at the University of British Columbia, he began to incorporate them into his ocean paintings.
Roger began to introduce gardens into his paintings in the mid-1990’s. He found inspiration in his own gardening experiences at his Okanagan home.
Roger has found the subject to be rewarding, both in the appreciation he has developed for the art of gardening, and in the new directions gardening has given to his art.
His experiences continue to inspire his work.
Every year, Roger holds at least two major exhibitions, and takes field trips into the West’s mountains and forests to gather new material.
He enjoys working in his renovated studio, which is a work of art in itself, set among the orchards of the lush Okanagan Valley. When he is not painting, Roger enjoys camping, fly fishing, horseback riding, and gardening.
As the Painter of the Canadian West, Roger D. Arndt. shares a vision of nature’s beauty that touches the soul. It is a vision that extends from the top of the world to the valleys below, and the ocean beyond.
Roger D. Arndt
Kelowna, British Columbia
Telephone: (250) 765-9568
Facsimile: (250) 765-5598
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