Artist of the Outback Creative] Roger Croser
I have long admired the Cowboy Artists of America. Their love of the western culture and attention to detail in their artwork are really amazing. My endeavour is to capture similar values of our Australian rural heritage, past and present.
My influences are all around, mostly to do with rural life or family. I love animals and have been a farmer and cattleman all of my life.
Possibly the most difficult subjects to capture are portraits of people. They need to be very accurate to portray the character and mood of the subject. Eyes and facial expressions are extremely important elements to a successful portrait.
The decision to do an art piece can vary from a commission to liking a certain aspect of a composition. I have many references of subjects I would like to draw/paint in the future.
There are many of my drawings/paintings of which I am proud, but there are a few which stand out to me...a drawing of my mother...this features 7 portraits each from a different stage in her life which I completed for her 80th. I have been commissioned to draw and paint many portraits similar to this.
Then there is the pastel painting of ‘The light horse’ I recently featured on Anzac Day, this work was referenced from a small B&W pre WW1 photo and portrays 11 mounted light horsemen of the Gracemere troop on parade near Rockhampton, Central Queensland.
Another is ‘Thirsty Weaners’ a graphite artwork of 7 of our Brahman weaners at the water trough which has been featured on placemats, coasters, mugs and small trays.
I look to the future with more commissions through Outback Creative similar to the one I recently completed from an early eighties photo of a tandem bull tossing team about to toss a scrub bull.
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