Collection: Rogers, William

William Rogers was born in North Sydney, NS. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Acadia University, where he also took some Fine Art courses. As well as some classes from Cape Breton University, Bill took three intensive watercolour workshops in Maine in the 1990s.

Bill is the Past President of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, from which he has received numerous awards, including the AJ Casson Medal in 2009. He has won awards in plein air shows in the USA as well as an award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America. He served as Royal Tour Artist for Prince Charles in 2014.

Bill’s works have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions. He continues to work out of his backyard studio in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Artist’s Statement

I have always drawn and I started painting at university, even selling paintings at a local gallery. My first attempts at landscape were plein air, a practice I continue to use to this day. I was attracted to the work of Degas and the impressionists, among others, and tried to paint what I know—including the landscape, horses and figures from life. The real story of the visual aspect of my work is the ‘light’, and I try to always communicate my love of the subject as well—whether people, horses or landscapes.