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 have retired from running my own landscape architecture business in Rugby. This personal experience and professional training have influenced my approach to landscape painting.

Background

I am self-taught, and have no formal art training except attendance at a workshop weekend 15 years ago run by John Blockley which provided a lasting inspiration. As a member of the Rugby and District Art Society (RADAS) I started to exhibit locally in their own and the Rugby Open exhibitions. In RADAS’s exhibitions I have won their watercolour prize, the latest being November 2019.

I am a full member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA). In 2007, 2009 and 2011 I had paintings chosen for the national exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours at the Mall Galleries in London. I won the Judd Medical Prize in the 2010 RBSA Open Prize Exhibition.

In 2015 I was shortlisted from over 1000 artists and appeared on the Sky TV Landscape Artist of the Year programme painting at Trelissick in Cornwall.

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 the 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 portray the structure of the land set within an impressionistic and sometimes abstract approach. Subjects depict my local area of Northamptonshire and the Midlands, but also extend to all parts of England and Wales.