Born in northern BC, Rod moved to the Okanagan at a young age. The surrealists influenced his early paintings. He then discovered the works of the impressionist’s school, which has taken him to his current artistic interests experimenting with colour and the physical qualities of paint. Tom Thompson and the Group of Seven have also had a profound influence on his work.

“Paintings become tedious when the ultimate goal of the painting is to recreate the external work. I have always felt that the painting exists only within its own borders. This allows the curious mind of the artist to say – What if I do this?”

Rod’s work is collected worldwide and he is committed to painting images that have a strong Canadian cultural influence, whether this is expressed through his bold landscapes or his whimsical images of children at play.