Meet The Artist
Flute Maker and Artist
It was a winding path that lead to my passion for the Native American Flute... as a professional sculptor for over 35 years McGee Bronze Studio , I often find inspiration in the variety of music I listen to while sculpting in my Studio. I was particularly captivated by the haunting sounds of the Native American flute and wanted to learn as much as possible about this small instrument with the powerful voice. Being a self taught artist I follow where the artistic spirits guide me. I was inspired to make a Native flute, and the awesome sound of the flute that I made captured my soul. It has changed my life and given me a new way to express myself with my art.
My flutes are made one at a time using hand made tools. I burn all holes with a hot metal rod and use an electronic tuner to assure accuracy in tuning. I feel the culmination of all my passions harmonized: sculpting, wood work, leather work, wood burning, beadwork, inlay, painting, music... all found in this beautiful instrument, what more could one ask?
- Roger was born in the bayou country of South
Louisiana , where at an early age, he developed a love for the outdoors as
well as art. He has traveled the U.S. and Europe, and has experimented and
persevered with many art mediums. Roger is a Veteran of the Viet Nam
war, he served with the 815th Combat Engineers 1969-1970
Professional -Between 1979 and 1981 Roger brought the works of many artists to life in Bronze while working at the "Spokane Bronze" foundry and then managing the "Artisan Bronze" foundry in Spokane, Washington. His style continued to develop while designing, and managing the Valley Bronze foundry in Joseph, Oregon (1981-1983). After leaving the foundry business Roger now lives in Enterprise Oregon, and works full time in his art studio Sculpting and Flute making.
He shares his knowledge of the Native American flute by
giving talks and performing each year for the World Music Class at Walla
Walla University. Also giving a flute making work shop at the Grand Ronde Reservation in Grand
Oregon. He shares his love of the Native flutes with schools and at private and social
Major Works - Roger has completed four major monuments, all Veteran's Memorials.
Walla Walla Chief Peopeomoxmox - Walla Walla, Washington The 4th Statue is of Walla Walla Great Chief Peopeomoxmox. The commemoration of this Chief and the Native American heritage of the Walla Walla Valley is long past due. This statue was unveiled during the sesquicentennial observance (June 11, 2005) of the Stevens Treaty Council, in Walla Walla Washington.
Gen. Wainwright" Memorial - Walla Walla, Washington The 3rd Statue is a larger-than-life monument of General Jonathan M. Wainwright. This statue was unveiled at the VA Hospital in Walla Walla, Washington on Veteran's Day, November 11, 1996 and the Hospital's name was officially changed to the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veteran's Affairs Medical Center!
Vietnam Veterans Memorial - VFW Sandy, Oregon The 2nd Statue was again commissioned by the VFW (this time in Sandy, Oregon), and placed in a dedicated memorial park. The 7' 6" Vietnam era soldier, complete with worn boots, equipment belt and M-16 rifle stands upon a 3 foot two tiered, exposed aggregate cement base. It was unveiled on Veteran's Day, November 11, 1987.
Veterans Memorial - VFW Salem, Oregon The 1st Statue was commissioned by the Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars organization and is placed in Salem, Oregon. The 8 foot monument portrays a 24" soldier standing on top of a 5 foot Earth globe, with a 12" marble base. It was unveiled on May 30, 1986.
Shows and collection placements - Roger has exhibited many Wildlife and Human form pieces in art showings in Eugene, Oregon; Kalispell and Great Falls, Montana; Ellensburg, Washington as well as the M.O.N.A.C. Western Art Show and Auction in Spokane, Washington. Several private shows have resulted in placements in private collections in the US and internationally.
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