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Multi-Talented Wm Roger Clark Shares His Journey

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  • Saturday,Oct 20, 2018
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By: Courtney Gadry

Long time artist, Roger Clartalentratersk was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania where the Appalachian Mountains cross into Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and into the deep south. Like so many Appalachians he left the region to find opportunities, training and work in large metropolitan centers around the United States. Nevertheless, his heart is always in the Alleghenies and he still calls Appalachia home.

Surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, Roger spent his childhood playing in streams, meadows, and the wood. When he wasn’t enjoying the outdoors, he was drawing or coloring on paper. His family moved to Philadelphia for better opportunities. It was in the Philadelphia region that Roger was introduced to talented teachers and other artists. Roger's passion for image creating was as great as his love for nature. After professional training and several academic certificates in art, including his B.F.A, M.Ed. and M.F.A, he combined his interests in the outdoors with drawing and painting. Today, Roger presents his unique vision in graphite, watercolors, acrylics, oil paintings and sculpture.

Roger was always looking for greener pastures and not usually content in one place for very long, so he traveled throughout the United States looking, absorbing the American landscape. He settled in Idaho for three and a half years to study and experience the beauty of the western U.S. While working on his Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho he visited sites in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Western Canada where he completed many paintings of this beautiful countryside.

After earning the Master of Fine Arts in painting, Roger returned east and worked as an artist living in Manhattan and experiencing the fast-paced life of an artist in the Big Apple. While living in New York City he volunteered his free time and joined a choir and played guitar and sang Liturgical Folk Music at Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church. Furthermore, Saturday mornings found him making breakfast and serving the homeless at the Catholic Worker St. Joseph House Shelter/Soup Kitchen.

Inspired to help humanity and make a positive contribution to the world, he joined Maryknoll (The Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America) as a Lay Missioner. He worked with Rev. Les Blowers, M.M., and the Parish Council (1983-1986) as a missioner/artist at The Word of God Parish, Bupyoung 5 Dong, Inchon, South Korea where his response to the needs of the parish included designing the interior of a new church in the magical seaport town of ancient Inchon. Roger sculpted the 14 Stations of the Cross, the Main Crucifix, Paschal Candle Stand and other Sacred Objects. He explored the mountains and valleys of the Korean Peninsula with new friends he made among the gregarious Korean people.

Additionally, Roger's interest in teaching has roots in his High School and Bucks County Community College days. Fred Slopey (high school art teacher) and Bill Bagley (friend & mentor) inspired and encouraged Roger to pursue art & education. He earned the Master of Education Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and taught high school (1972-1974) and college art (1987-2005). For several years he was Artist/Educator and taught painting and drawing at the Graterford Prison in Graterford, Pennsylvania. Roger became Art Director of the Cummings Art Gallery, Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA (1987-1990) and the Multiple Choice Gallery, Montgomery County Community College, Bluebell, PA (1992-1998). While living and working in New York State, Roger taught computer graphics courses at SUNY/Westchester Community College, Artist Workshops in Peekskill, NY (2001-2005).

Between 2001 and 2005 he worked as a graphic artist for Maryknoll in Ossining, NY. Toward the end of 2005, Roger moved to the Historic Delaware River town of Bristol, Pennsylvania. He is currently working in Trenton for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection/Historic Preservation Office as a Graphic Artist.

Many hobbies occupy much of Roger's time. He loves to explore the great outdoors through respectful and insightful activities such as canoeing/kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking and photography.

After completing 32 years in active music ministry, Roger is currently enjoying semi-retirement from full time ministry. He makes guest appearances and helps out when a local choir needs assistance at a prayer service or sacred liturgy. He loves to make beautiful music for The Lord. Roger tells TalentRaters he is also working on an outdoor mural, at Silver Lake Nature Center, Bristol, PA to be unveiled in October of this year.

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