Roederick’s divine purpose in life is God’s expression through him: to impart life, messages of stability, and hope through visual images; to teach, reach and change lives.
Born in 1949 in Toledo, Ohio, Roederick’s talents surfaced early. He began painting at the tender age of four, then attended the Toledo Art Museum as a guest student at the age of nine. He studied Fine Arts and Illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, where he honed his technical skills. He currently lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia with his wife, Sharron.
Roederick describes his artistic energy as “beyond inspiration”. He acknowledges that God anointed him with a unique talent—to be full of His spirit, ideas, and creativity. So strong is this inspiration that he stays on automatic drive, enabling him to effortlessly deliver that Spirit onto canvas. Roederick never experiences “artist block”, nor does he lack for ideas. Rather, he searches daily for more time to download that kaleidoscope of images and ideas stored in his mind. He states that ideas bombard him daily, that they are all around him, to the point of information overload. He feels it is his duty to sort through this vast stored knowledge and interpret its form, color, rhythm, and flow onto canvas. View Artist Collection
Diversity of expression is apparent when viewing a body of Roederick’s work. His images are always in motion, as if striving towards the higher calling of God. The images are predominantly elongated, lyrical and rhythmic; spiritual and thought provoking; whimsical with serious undertones; dramatic and colorful. His work displays balance and harmony, but above all, like a motion picture, his paintings tell stories.
Roederick treats the human form with integrity and dignity, such that viewers may feel that his created forms speak personally to them. His abstracts challenge the eye of the most astute lover of the human form. He does not wait for inspiration to hit and then start painting. It is a gift God bestowed on him and it is an effusive process. He has the gift to visualize first, then paint what he sees, not from pictures but from what comes from within his mind, heart, and soul.
Roederick muses that it is difficult for an artist to put a price on his own art. His self-instruction and the time dedicated to perfecting his artistry over thirty-five-plus years are rather incalculable. In creating, he experiences gratitude and responsibility for his creative gifts, which are both joyfully demanding and humbling. The true value of his artwork is the ecstasy of creating, of being the conduit of God’s gift of beauty and joy to His creation.
As a visual artist, at this juncture of my life I am brimming with the confidence to state my case on canvas…in intent and composition, and in the manipulation of color and contrast. My lifelong fascination and close observation of the human form pours forth from my imagination and onto canvas. It takes on a life of its own, as movement breathes through every intentional line with grace and spontaneity.
When I clothe that line with color, a rapport unfolds that only later reconnects with my initial reason for the painting. Then, bliss. Then, art for art’s sake.
As an artist, I am always alert to subject matter around me. My eyes, ears, and mind are stimulated and my pen is always ready to capture a given moment; to illustrate, reinterpret, and share it with other appreciative eyes and souls that are waiting to grow, to change, to understand and broaden their own cultural experiences.
I believe it is my moral responsibility to provide an honest depiction of my work, skillful execution of craftsmanship and the epitome of painterly application. I have committed myself to a lifetime of continued growth, of perfecting the keys and tools necessary to produce masterpiece drawings and paintings. My drawings and paintings are aesthetically executed, but when necessary, they are designed to shake up the soul, to make the viewer laugh or cry, or to just contemplate in wonder.
I learn from consumers of my art, as well. At one of my exhibitions some years ago, I observed a young man viewing an image that pertained to slavery. He was crying what I thought were crocodile tears, but as I approached, he told me how touched he was by the way I had treated this subject. He was moved to tears and thanked me for creating that painting, saying how much it had enriched his life. As he left, I paused to examine how powerful my position as a presenter of information could be…as important as the news media…an art medium, if you will.
I have made a promise to myself to continue a relentless, never-ending exploration of new ideas, and of new ways to express and present old concepts to humanity. I acknowledge that I am merely a conduit in a culturally enriched, vibrant world and I humbly accept my artistic gifts from the Creator of all gifts. What a joyful journey! What a color-filled path! What an honor to interpret my world to you and invite you to see the beauty of the world and its people as I see them.