uring my working career as a teacher of English and drama I discovered a particular interest in set designing and decoration for stage productions. In retirement this interest combined with a life-long appreciation for architecture, colour and design and I began painting in acrylics.
I studied at Forum Art under Nikola Bjelajac 2000-03; Dan Gregg 2004; and Michelle St. Hillier- 2015. On-line sessions with Nicholas Wilton have also been wonderful experiences. Recently I mainly have been alternating between realistic and stylized interpretations of Boreal landscapes. 

Although painting has become ever more important to me during the pandemic, this pursuit has become less a pastime and more part of who I am as I live and move in the world. Art is a lens through which to see the world. My eyes have been opened as it were, and it is a joy to try to capture and then share what I have experienced. I am in awe of the beauty and uniqueness found everywhere in both natural and urban environments. Painting offers the opportunity to combine my interest in design, colour and architecture with observations I feel moved to make about the world in which we live.

The Boreal Forest and the shores of Lake Winnipeg provide inspiration both by offering beautiful and varied natural settings as subject matter, and by eliciting emotional responses which it is my joy to share with others.

I have shown my work at in-home art shows, at Forum Art Student Exhibitions, at the Wayne Arthur Gallery, and on Boreal shores Art Tours (2018 and 2019). I am pleased to be able to again welcome visitors on the 2022 tour to Flip-flop Studios in our cottage at Victoria Beach.

As I continue in my pursuit of skill and sensitivity, I remain aware that only when joy and wonder is experienced, can it then be communicated whether in life in art.

Website: http://rogergateson.weebly.com/ateson