The motel units at TRM may be older than most motels but compensate with some wonderful fishy character, such as the interior decoration including maps, trout images, etc. and in particular some interesting original paintings of the Tongariro River.
When Roger Shanks retired from a full time career in sheep and cattle farming, he became an artist, gaining knowledge from reading books and magazines and attending workshops with prominent Australian and New Zealand artists.
Having had no formal training, art filled a need to keep himself occupied during his retirement with the biggest motivating factor being the sense of achievement that comes from creating beautiful paintings.
Roger retired at age 54. Eighteen years later, Roger is very proud of having had a private exhibition in Napier, two exhibitions in Gisborne and being a finalist in the Australian Artist magazine competition, Volume 203.
He intends to continue on his artistic journey indefinitely.
He is driven by an urge to capture some of these illusive qualities on paper or canvas.
This freedom has inspired his creativity.
Also ‘alla prima’ oils dry very quickly if the right paint is selected and may be transported after only a few hours drying time in warm weather.”
Switching between watercolour and oils is tricky for Roger as the disciplines are so different – watercolour requires the whites to be the white of the paper whereas oil has the luxury of adding white when needed. Roger Shanks.
So if you want a special gift – like an original oil painting of you hooked up in your favourite pool (?) then you know who to call…