Roger Hall, Oakland, CA Member Since July 2006 Artist Statement Roger Hall first became interested in illustration as a young child, through the influence of an artistic older brother. As a teenager he developed an affinity for such artists as Gustave Dore, Albrect Durer, and MC Escher, and decided to try his own hand at drawing.
While most of Roger's drawing ability was self-taught, he did receive some formal training at the Bougie Studio in Minneapolis. Afterwards he started working regularly within the medium of pen and ink. He developed a particular interest in rendering wildlife and architectural subjects, and began to show his work at galleries in and around the Twin Cities, including Uptown Art in Minneapolis proper. His artwork has appeared in newspapers, brochures, websites, and books. Several of his illustrations recently appeared in 'Black Market: Inside the Endangered Species Trade in Asia.' In the fall of 2006 forty illustrations will appear in the book '101 Ways to Help Birds' published by Stackpole Books and written by Laura Erickson.
Roger's love of nature serves as a continuing source of inspiration, motivating him not only as an artist, but also as an environmental advocate. He is a member of the Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and Defenders of Wildlife, and contributes regularly to environmental causes. Additionally, Roger is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, a global organization comprised exclusively of artists specializing in ecological and wildlife themes.
"What continues to inspire me is the beauty of my subjects and my desire to share my vision of the world with others," he says. This vision has been enhanced and expanded by his travels throughout Europe and Costa Rica, as well as within the state of California, where he now resides.