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Stuart Roper

Born in North Carolina, I moved to Manhattan in the mid-1970s to attend the Art Students League of New York.  My studies included anatomy and figure drawing with Thomas Fogarty as well as figure painting and portraiture with John Howard Sanden.

 In 1980, I moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia for a year, prior to settling in the state's capital, Atlanta. Over the next ten years, my work included various commissions, both private and corporate, as well as a number of solo and group exhibitions.

In the fall of 1991 I made a major move to the small Normandy village of Pressagny l'Orgueilleux, just west of Paris.  A retired French Colonel, the proprietor of the Château de la Madeleine, allowed me to rent the gate cottage, situated only minutes away from the home of Claude Monet and the birthplace of impressionism in Giverny. This place and its artistic precedent guided my own paint handling; through plein-air work, I immersed myself in the approach of the Impressionists, which has since characterized most of my painting.

In 1993 I moved to the small hilltop village of Fayence in southern France where I remained for the next five years, working under 'a glorious sun.' During this time, my work took me to Italy, Corsica and back to Normandy, all the while enchanted by the light, and concentrating on working within the confines of a limited color palette.

In 1998, I returned to the United States, where I settled in Asheville, North Carolina. The Grove Arcade Public Market commissioned me to recreate the original 1920s finials that adorn the top of the building, and the City Parks and Recreation Department also commissioned me on the development of “Grove’s Vision”, a station on the city’s historical Urban Trail.  

After over a decade of visiting and painting in North Central Texas, in the spring of 2016, a friend pointed out an old farmhouse that she always thought should be the residence of an artist, so I bought the house and moved to Palo Pinto, Texas a few weeks later.  The open spaces and big skies, along with the wonderful people that I've met, will inspire me for a long time to come. 
 

I am currently a member of the Oil Painters of America, a signature member of The American Impressionist Society, International Plein Air Painters (I-P-A-P), the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), the California Plein Air Painters and the Outdoor Painters Society in Texas.