Roger Griffiths

Biography

Introduction

I was born in Welshpool, mid-Wales and grew up in south Shropshire, studied Geography and Geology at Hull University, and then Landscape Architecture at Manchester University. I run my own landscape architecture business in Rugby. This personal experience and professional training have influenced my approach to landscape watercolour painting.

Background

I am a self-taught watercolourist, and have no formal art training except attendance at a workshop weekend 10 years ago run by John Blockley which provided a lasting inspiration. As a member of the Rugby and District Art Society (RADAS) over the last few years I started to exhibit locally in their own and the Rugby Open exhibitions. I became a Friend of the RBSA in 2003, an Associate in 2008 and a full Member in 2011. I have exhibited regularly in both Friends’ and Open All Media exhibitions. In 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012 paintings were chosen for the national exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the Mall Galleries in London. In RADAS’s November 2007 exhibition I won their watercolour prize.

Approach

I aim to express the underlying patterns in the landscape generated by my interest in geology and geography, but the interpretations are not intended to be fully representational. I find particularly interesting landscapes in areas of transition between lowland and upland, and sea and land, with features such as hill farms marking past and present human activity, field patterns and rock outcrops. My interpretation is based on a feeling for a landscape rather than what is seen, its past heritage and land uses, and I aim to abstract the structure of the land set within an impressionistic background. Subjects depict my local area of Northamptonshire, but also extend to Derbyshire, the northern Pennines, northeastern England and to all parts of England and Wales.