|Autobiography of Roger W. Thrasher |
I was born in 1943 at Niceville, Florida and lived there until after WWII. In 1945, my family moved to Northern Minnesota until 1949. We then moved to Northern Illinois to a quiet little town called Barrington where I went through all of my school years and then joined the United States Navy.
I received my GED after I was enlisted in service. I volunteered several times to go to Vietnam but was rejected because of security classification. I retired from the United States Navy in 1989.
While stationed at Pensacola NAS, Florida, I met and married a young lady from Mobile, Alabama in 1964 and made Mobile my home of record. After retiring from the U.S. Navy and settling in Mobile, Alabama, I found lighthouses to be a popular subject in the South so I started researching some local sites to paint.
I graduated from the University of South Alabama with a BA in Art with a History minor. I have been painting off and on for about 40+ years and have privately taught painting to mostly young people in the Mobile area. Currently, my works are spread across the globe in many different countries.
Faith at Work
I take my faith very seriously and have a non-denominational ordination which opens the door for me and my wife to minister to people of all faiths, or as I like to say, the name tag doesn't matter to me. I had a background in Christian studies and work and felt the calling to seek an ordination.
While stationed at New Orleans, Louisiana in the U.S. Navy, my wife and I were given the opportunity to help family and friends through Hurricane Frederick which broadsided Mobile, Alabama. More recently, during and after Katrina, we were able to help a family of four from the New Orleans area who lived with us for a period of time and we felt honored to be able to do this.
A small missions church was started in a flea market in Mississippi and I was asked to take it over when the pastor left the area to return to Texas. We ministered to people of all faiths there which led to ministering internationally and we found this to be very rewarding. People in the RV park there were grateful that there was a ministry on the grounds and they could attend church on Sunday mornings.
I try to bring a Christian message to my paintings. I also illustrate landscapes, seascapes, and paint portraits. I always pray for guidance and ask for God's assistance and to guide my hand before starting any of my paintings.
About Oil Paintings
Through my experience, many people think of painting as someone grabbing a brush or two and a couple of tubes of paint, and scrubbing some color on a surface.
To be a good artist, one must know color, his medium, and what to look for in a subject, composition, and how to create different effects (atmospherics, the illusion of depth and distance, etc). It sometimes takes years to learn how to become a good artist. Rarely do I find a person who has the ability to paint well naturally -- it takes time and patience.
Although I'm versed in all mediums, I find oil painting to be easy and very rewarding. It is a very forgiving medium in that if one makes a mistake, or wishes to change something, let the work dry and paint over it. Many times one may make the changes while the work is wet. The artist has control over the drying time and almost all other factors.