• All photographs, paintings and writings (unless otherwise noted) on this blog are © 2017 Ed Roxburgh
A blend of influences and ancestry have created an integrated approach to my artwork. Natural landscapes with trees and open fields inspire a different response as does an urban scene with all the complexities of industrialization and technology.
Much like a musician is able to perform in varied emotional styles (expressions) I feel a visual artist can embrace that same discipline. This may also be partly due to the fact that I’ve made a living as a scenic artist, illustrator and fine artist. In working on an opera, play or film one is asked to paint in the style or “spirit” of Titian or maybe Dr. Seuss. This process leads to a feeling of “play” or continuation of a creative conversation. One can perceive a personal inspiration to create a certain image much the same as a collective direction from a designer when working on a creative team. I hope this process adds to a more diverse visual language. In illustration, the process of visual storytelling one creates in reading a story or manuscript and imaging the characters in action! Those responses find their voices through the brush and into the image.
I grew up in Ocean Beach, a small beach town near San Diego California. Seeing the natural vistas of the sea and coastal canyons began my fascination with the beauty of nature, at age nine I decided to be an artist. A large part of my love of painting was growing up with the beautiful art of my Great Grandma Margaret Kyle Roxburgh (a professional artist in San Diego, who’s “Color Charm Studios” was started in 1910 and is listed in the early SD City Directories) and Uncle Allan Rothero had created here in San Diego. Many of their artworks hung in our home. At elementary school my classmates commissioned drawings of cars and monsters. I benefited greatly from art classes in public school, and expanded my education at Santa Barbara Fine Arts, Academe Minerva and UCSD Extension. My artwork appears in private collections, museums and galleries.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Art (in a group show of San Diego Art Institute members)
San Diego Central Public Library (solo) part of permanent collection
San Diego Children’s Museum part of permanent collection
Konica Gallery Tokyo
Arcosanti Gallery Arizona
Shogetsu Gallery Tokyo.
San Diego Art Institute
Penthouse Gallery La Jolla (solo)
Villa Montezuma/ San Diego Historical Society (solo)
Comic Con Art Show San Diego Convention Center
ConDor San Diego
San Diego County / Lemon Grove & Spring Valley Libraries (solo)
Solana Beach City Hall Gallery (solo)
San Diego County Fair Art Show
Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove
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