Roger Parish’s background in art is painting and printmaking. He studied printmaking at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He is also a member of the Guild of Papermakers based in Philadelphia.
Roger received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago and worked in pharmaceutical R&D. Therefore, in art, Roger is driven by nature to be an experimenter with mediums, always looking for a different way to achieve unique effects. In recent years he has worked mostly with watercolors, printmaking and handmade paper. His etchings and monotypes are often on handmade paper. His naturally colored mulberry papers and monotypes containing fiber trees are particularly unique. He also makes clayprints, which involves the creation of an image on a slab of wet clay with water-based gouache-like pigments, and transferring the image to canvas.
Roger has also studied lapidary and jewelry making in Philadelphia and Arizona. He seeks out especially beautiful stones, such as rare jaspers, opals, or dinosaur bone, cuts them into special shapes like arrowheads, and sets them as pendants in silver or bronze.
Roger Parish is a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of upstate New York. His works often contain Indian themes or symbols. Several of his works are represented in the permanent collections of the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY, the Colgate University Museum, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Connecticut, and the New York State Museum in Albany. A collection of his works was on a traveling exhibit in Europe and Canada in 2003-2005. He has participated in the Art in Embassies Program with the U.S. State Department.