Roger Mark Walton earned his MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College in 1992 and his BFA in Painting from Wright State University in1990. He has exhibited extensively. And, he was granted awards from the Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and a presidential Fellowship from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His artwork was published in Developing Ideas in Artwork by M. Stephen Doherty, and Watermedia Techniques for Releasing the Creative Spirit by Marilyn H. Phillis. Mr. Walton has lectured at various venues including giving docent lecture tours at the S.R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He has taught college since 1997.
Middle American environments interest me. These are commonplace yet potentially emotional settings. In my landscapes and figure work, I aspire to convey a sense of time and place. I work toward giving my audience a mirror of our human experiences (the mundane and the sublime) to affirm what it means to be human.
In recent paintings, I combine elements from direct observation, photography, preliminary drawing, imagination, and memory. I create a visual image with the relevant information from these sources. The artworks are personal, shaped by meaning.
I am a realist. Therefore, rather than paint the exotic or the fantastic, I choose to paint subjects from my immediate experience in a straightforward way. Like Edward Hopper and Thomas Eakins, I aspire to share that which is resonant and sometimes lyrical in an imperfect world.