Roger Savage, R.C.A.
Roger Savage was born in Windsor ON, educated in Halifax and graduated in Fine Arts from Mt. Allison University in 1963. Since 1973 he has lived in Liverpool NS. Printmaking, drawing and painting were his main media through the 1970s and ‘80s. Plein Air painting in watercolour has been his primary activity since then. His on-site works in Canada range from the granite rock forms of Port Joli and icebergs of Ellesmere Island to the horses and dunes of Sable Island. He was the Brucebo Visiting Artist in Gotland, Sweden (1980) and Artist-in-Residence in Weimar, Germany (1999) and Bermuda (Masterworks Foundation 2002). The Royal Canadian Mint featured Savage’s designs on its $100 Canada gold commemorative coins (1978, 1981). His work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Glenbow Museum, Nova Scotia Art Bank, and Canada Council Art Bank. He has lectured and led painting seminars on both sides of the Atlantic.
Watercolour has been my primary medium since the late 1980s. My inspiration comes directly from the subject as I paint outdoors, on location. An awareness of light, the high contrasts, fluid handling leaving lots of white paper, immediacy and spontaneity are all vital components.
Judge’s Comments regarding PIPAF
Bravo Parrsboro Creative for their energy and leadership in initiating the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival – an exciting new star in the Arts constellation of Nova Scotia! This event will attract artists from near and far with a focus on plein air painting in and around historic Parrsboro and its inspiring location on the shores of the mighty Bay of Fundy. Through the eyes and talent of the visiting artists be prepared to discover and enjoy unique interpretations, perspectives of Parrsboro and area – maybe you’ll uncover a Parrsboro that you never knew existed.
Painting on location outdoors with its fresh immediacy and spontaneity has inspired artists over the decades. As well, with the exposure of the artist-participants to the work of their other co-painters, there could be opportunties to observe and learn. The closing gala and exhibition on Saturday evening and Sunday, is certainly a not-to-be-missed event for art buyers and collectors.
As this year’s Awards’ Judge, I am keenly aware of the special creative challenges facing the participants eg. constantly changing light and weather conditions. I am privileged and thrilled to have been invited to review these plein air submissions.
Best of success!
Roger Savage, R.C.A.