Some of nature’s most breathtaking moments are immortalized by artist Roger Bansemer’s paintbrush.
From the orange glow of Florida sunsets to the subtle spray of ocean against Maine lighthouses, Bansemer’s observant eye and steady hand capture beautiful moments otherwise lost in time.
Bansemer grew up in Clearwater, but has long since settled in St. Augustine with his wife Sarah. Throughout the year, the couple travel across the country seeking inspiration for Bansemer’s paintings and filming their PBS series “Painting and Travel with Roger and Sarah Bansemer.”
Bansemer and his wife have filmed and edited over 100 episodes and the show is in its ninth season, airing on 176 stations. He’s also authored eight books, one of which features 400 of his paintings.
For as long as he can remember, painting has been a significant part of his life.
“All throughout childhood I painted, and then I worked through college as a sign painter,” Bansemer said. “It’s all I’ve ever done.”
Painting, traveling, filming — Bansemer said there’s never a dull moment and he’s never grown tired of the process.
“I never get bored of painting and I never get bored of putting our show together,” he said. “But if you like what you do, it’s not really work.”
His work spans from early abstract pieces to present-day representational paintings of landscapes, wildlife and nautical themes, painted with acrylics or oils.
Bansemer admits fostering a preference for acrylic paint when he’s on the road because it dries faster.
“But it’s not the medium that matters to me as much as the landscape itself,” Bansemer said. “And in that respect, I don’t limit myself to any one subject either.”
His paintings reflect serenity in the form of docked sailboats in the Keys, and chaos through black thunderheads and birds in flight.
Currently, a collection of his paintings portraying scenes from St. Augustine is on display at the Georgia Nick Gallery, 11 Aviles St.
“This is a lovely town with plenty of things to see and enjoy,” Bansemer said.
He said he feels fortunate to have lived a life filled with his passion for painting, but now he finds enjoyment by sharing his experiences with the rest of the world.
“People have been so good to me throughout the years. At this stage, Sarah and I just enjoy trying to selflessly share the procedures of paintings,” Bansemer said. “It’s just really nice sharing our experiences and art with others.”
Bansemer’s work can be viewed and purchased online at bansemer.com.