Roger Dale Brown grew up in Tennessee, exploring the woods, creeks and fields around his Nashville home, a passionate observer of every aspect of nature since early childhood. He has made it his life’s work to connect deeply to places around the world, incorporating knowledge of their nature, history, architecture and culture in his creative process, and reflecting that knowledge in his painting and writing.
Not having the advantage of a formal art education, Roger educated himself. He spent countless hours studying historical artists such as John Carlson, Arthur Streeton, Isaac Levitan and John Singer Sargent and concentrated his study with master teachers over the years. Roger has developed his own style, which draws deeply from the Impressionist view that painting from life is essential.
Roger has a deep commitment to passing on his knowledge of the artistic process to his students. His self-directed education has given Roger a unique ability to recognize a student’s struggles and an ability to guide the learning process in clear and understandable ways. A celebrated teacher, he has led close to 100 workshops from Maine to Montana in the United States, and abroad in Ecuador, Italy and Scotland. His teaching includes live demonstrations as well as on-location, figurative, studio and still-life classes.
Roger has been honored to serve as juror for art and plein air competitions for Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and others across the country. When not traveling to paint or teach, he lives with his artist wife and two dogs in Franklin, Tennessee, and teaches in his home studio.
“To capture the essence of a scene and make viewers feel they can step
into a different day and understand its mood and beauty is my goal.”
Awards and Honors
Among his many awards, Roger has received Best of Show in the Barnes
and Farms National Juried Art Show, Museum Purchase Award at the Easton Plein Air Competition, Award of Excellence in the Master Category at the American Impressionist National Show, as well as the Gold Medal Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association. His work has also been accepted in national juried exhibitions with both Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society where he received Artist Choice Award. He was also a finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon. In addition, Roger has been published by International Artist Magazine, American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Plein-Air Magazine and the Artist Magazine.
Roger's oil paintings hang in the permanent collections of Tennessee State Museum and other museums throughout the United States and are held in several prominent galleries. He was given Living Master Status with the Art Renewal Center in 2015, and was awarded Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists in 2017. In 2018 Roger was awarded Master Status with Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society in 2018.
“Art is a privilege, gift and journey.”
2018 -Awarded Master Status - Oil Painters of America -Awarded Master Status - American Impressionist Society -Judge for Oil Painters of American Salon Show -Key Note Speaker - Plein Air South -American Impressionist Society - Award of Excellence Master Category
2017 -Judge - En Plein Air Texas -One Man Show - Leipers Creek Gallery, Leipers Fork, TN -American Masters Show - Salmagundi Club -American Society of Marine Painters - Signature Status -OPA National - Plein-Air Awards Judge
2016 -ARC Master Status -International ARC Salon - Finalist Award -All Nashville Show - Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN -Two Man Show - Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, Maine -One Man Show - Travis Gallery, Doylestown, PA -One Man Show - Beverly McNeal Gallery, Birmingham, AL -One Man Show - Sylvan Gallery, Charleston, SC -Judge & Juror - New Iberia Plein Air Festival -Juror - Olmsted Plein Air Invitational -Juror - En Plein Air Texas -Published - “A Passion for Painting” book
2015 -Oil Painters of America National -Plein Air Convention - Featured Speaker/Demo -Greenbrier Invitational -Produced instructional DVD -International ARC Salon - Finalist Award -Salmugundi Club Members Show - Third Place
2014 -American Impressionist Society, Nation Juried Exhibition -Oil Painters of America Eastern -Regional Exhibition & National Exhibition - Demo -American Masters of Today -Chinese Cultural Exchange Program -International ARC Salon- Finalist Award
2013 -American Impressionist Society, Nation Juried Exhibition - Artist Choice & Honorable Mention Awards -Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition -Salon International, International Juried Exhibition -American Masters of Today
2012 -American Impressionist Society, Nation Juried Exhibition -Artist for the New Century, The Bennington, Bennington, VT -Callaway Gardens Plein Air Festival - Second Place Award -Plein Air Easton
2011 -Oil Painters of America national Juried Exhibition -Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery -Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational -Plein Air Easton -Callaway Gardens Plein Air Festival – Third Place Award -Let There Be Art, Columbus Museum
2010 -Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational -Telluride Plein Air Competition -Plein Air Easton -Callaway Gardens Plein Air Festival
2009 -Plein Air Easton, Honorable Mention -Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational -Oil Painters of America, National Show
2008 -Artist Choice Award Estes Park Plein Air Festival -Purchase Award, Avalon Museum, Easton Maryland -Third Place Plein Air Easton -First Place Barnes and Farms Competition, Barnsite Gallery -One man Show, Lyons View Gallery
2007 -Featured Artist Huntsville Museum of Art Gala -One man show, Richland Fine Art -Third Place Quick Draw Estes Park Plein Air Festival
2006 -Gold Medal Winner Hudson Valley Art Association -OPA Signature member
2005 -Honorable Mention Easton Plein air competition -One man show Hanson gallery -National Arts Club
2004 -Best of Show 39th Annual Central South Juried Art Show
2003 -Honorable Mention 38th Annual Central South Juried Art Show 2003, 2004, 2006 -Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition
2005-2010 -Two man show Shain Gallery
Books: Images of the South
Notable Private, Corporate, Museum Collectors: Tennessee State Museum Huntsville Museum of Art Academy Art Museum