Born in Northern B.C., Rod moved to the Okanagan at a young age. The surrealists influenced his earliest paintings. He then discovered the works of the impressionist school, which has taken him to his current artistic interests, which include a keen interest in experimenting with color and the physical qualities of paint. Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven have also had a profound influence on his work.
"Painting becomes tedious when the ultimate goal of the painter is to recreate the external world. I've always felt that the painting exists only within its own borders, which allows the curious mind of the artist to say: What if I did this""
Rod's work is now collected worldwide and he is committed to painting images that have a strong Canadian cultural influence, whether through his bold landscapes or his whimsical images of children at play.