Roger’s illustration is the result of careful observation, backed by a scientists understanding of form and function, and many years of painting experience. Over the past 25 years he has created some 6000 illustrations, principally of fish and other marine life of the Indo-Pacific region, for guide books, editors, museums and scientific institutions around the world. From early scientific illustration in black and white, highly detailed, accurate and following strict scientific conventions he has developed a style of illustration both precise and life-like, to capture the essence of his subjects for a wide audience.
Roger works with acrylics on paper, where possible from measured specimen drawings, often done in the field, combined with colour photos of fresh specimens.
“I want to encourage and promote in a wide audience an awareness of the beauty and diversity of marine life. It is an essential step in the development of a broader public appreciation of the need for its protection and preservation. If my illustrations can capture the imagination and instill a sense of wonder in the viewer then I have in some small measure accomplished this goal.”