Morning in Tenejapa
PC.05 Roger Armstrong (1917–2007)
watercolor, 29.5 x 36.5 inches
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A native of Los Angeles, California, Roger Armstrong studied at Pasadena City College and Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and spent considerable time studying with well known artists Phil Dike, Dan Lutz, Richard Haines, and Rex Brandt in the 1940s.
Roger Armstrong was a successful cartoonist with Disney, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera and also painted California watercolor landscapes in what is referred to as the "California Style". Mr. Armstrong moved to Laguna Beach in the early 1950s and in 1961 joined the Laguna Beach Art Association. A former President of the California Watercolor Society, he resided in Laguna Beach and much of his subject matter comes from time living in Mexico. As a teacher, Mr. Armstrong taught his students to draw, to paint objectively and to learn from nature. Until his death, Mr. Armstrong was still actively painting and teaching transparent watercolor painting, in Laguna Beach.
He was a member of the California Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Artists Equity, Inc., Laguna Beach Art Association (Life Member), and Niguel Art Association (Life Member).
Mr. Armstrong gave a workshop at the then San Luis Obispo Art Center in the 1970s, and this painting was done as part of that workshop