Profile: Roger Dale Brown
Roger Dale Brown
Harker's Sunset 48 x 60" Oil
“To capture the essence of the scene, making the viewer feel they can step into a different day, and understand the mood, and beauty of that day is my goal and inspiration.”
- Roger Dale Brown
Roger Dale Brown took a circuitous route to becoming an artist. Although he had enjoyed art classes in high school, he did not continue to paint after graduation. It took a chance meeting with another artist many years later to ignite the creative spark again. In Roger’s own words:
“I didn’t do anything with art for 12 years after I graduated. I was selling eyeglasses at Lenscrafters in LA when a man walked in to buy glasses. He was an artist and while I was fitting him for a pair of glasses we started talking about art. He told me to come over sometime with my portfolio. All I had were my drawings from high school. After he looked at them, he asked if I wanted to come to work for him as his assistant. He painted murals.
I quit my job at Lenscrafters and went to work with him. We had done about 3 big jobs together when we were scheduled to meet some designers to give a bid on a mural job. He never showed up. I did. The designers where horrified. Out of desperation I said I could do it. I was poor and could not afford to lose this job. The designers gave me a chance and told me to make an appointment with the clients.
I met with the clients and it was the shortest meeting ever. I asked them what they liked and they said Monet. I said, ‘Hold on,’ and left to go the bookstore to get a Monet book. It was too expensive, but on the way in I saw a calendar of impressionist painters. I purchased the calendar and went back to the clients. They flipped through it and picked out a painting by Monet. So, in my one bedroom apartment I pinned a canvas from ceiling to floor and with house paints I painted the Monet mural. The clients loved it and the designers loved it. This is how I got started painting and it was the first time I thought I was an Artist (1994).”
Since then Roger has become a well-known artist and teacher winning many prestigious awards and showing in galleries throughout the United States. To read more about his extraordinary journey to becoming a successful artist and to see more of his paintings, become a Member of The Artist's Road by clicking here. Already a Member? Click here to go to the the in-depth interview.
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