Christmas card art proves hit for Rockhampton couple
AS the old saying goes, a photo says a thousand words, and for Rockhampton's Roger and Miriam Croser, nothing could be truer.
With countless stories to tell as they point to each painting or drawing that hangs on their walls and photo albums at their Frenchville home, the creative pair have put smiles on many faces with their artistic and imaginative work.
Roger who has been drawing since the late 80s has won many awards for his work which is realistic art, featuring family, portraits, cattle, horses and more.
And it goes without saying, there's an interesting story behind how Roger came to pick up the pencil so many years ago.
The talented drawer said he had always drew but started experimenting with his craft after he was asked by Dingo's Narelle and Iolo Carter, who recently appeared in From the Vault, to make them Christmas cards.
"They wanted funny Christmas cards with them on the front of them to send to everyone," he recalled.
"And from there I kept doing the cards and we get orders from people every year to make some for them."
However not only does Roger draw extensively detailed images on cards, he also has a great skill of creating a piece from many photos into one artwork.
"I like putting something on paper that's realistic and that people can appreciate," he said.
"It's a hobby but I do enjoy it and you just learn as you go along."
Miriam said he's done many artworks where he has to take a person from a photo and put them in an outback setting or even on a horse.
"He's done one of a couple who are on horseback but they'd never been on a horse in their lives," she said.
Combining Roger's cards with Miriam's feel-good and witty poetry on many topics like politics, road safety, abortion or the New-Year which she has been writing for years, many people enjoy and appreciate their talents.
"People say they can't start the year without getting one of our cards," she laughed.
"I like people to be aware but also to have a laugh or cheer them up as well."