Born in Northern B.C., Rod moved to the Okanagan Valley at a young age. Inspired early on by the Surrealists, he later moved to impressionism, which has served him well as he experimented with colour and the physical qualities of paint. Rod cites Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven as the primary influencers of his work.
“Paintings become tedious when the ultimate goal of the painting is to recreate the external world. I have always felt that the painting exists only within its own borders. This allows the curious mind of the artist to say - ‘What if I did this?’”
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