About David Roddis

Photographer / artist; humanist / skeptic; citizen / socialist; dreamer / do-er. Life needs no mission statement; art is no boxing match. Competition demeans and divides; cooperation and compassion reveal profound connections. Do you need any greater incentive?

Sold! My Homage to Georgia O’Keefe


“Peony Study (for Georgia O’Keefe)” (2011) has an ever-so-slightly ironic title; the level of irony that you can only get by comparing yourself to a world-famous first-rate 2nd-rate painter.

And, like most titles, it came after the fact.  Georgia O’Keefe, cranky old curmudgeoness extraordinaire, is anything but a “girl’s girl”; and this subject matter was certainly not her main interest; still, she is justly famous for her alarmingly intimate, sexually-charged renditions of flowers, in which each fold and frill, every nook and cranny is delineated with salacious loving care and served directly and defiantly in your face.


This piece was first seen at Rouge Concept Gallery in April and May, 2012 (as seen in the picture, at left).  It recently went to someone’s home on approval – and they loved it so much in situ that they decided to purchase it.  SOLD!

It is always a pleasure to know that one’s work is going to a good home, with people who take delight in viewing it, and who chose it out of all the profusion of images available.



Nine more prints are available of this work before the edition is closed.   In the image above, the work was printed at 45 x 30″, then matted and framed in white.  Other sizes can be created, though I don’t print this one smaller than 22 x 17″.  Certain pieces just need that large-scale presentation.

If you are interested in a purchase, or would like to see other samples of my work, use my contact form to set up an appointment.  Alternatively, please call 416 802 6163.

An article of mine is published online today.

My article “I am not a camera” is out today, published online in a nifty little ezine called Life as a Human.  You’ve got to love that name…!  I was invited to discuss three of my images, and I describe my process and recent creative breakthrough.

You know, I think you might enjoy it.  And it’s short.  Short but pithy.  I dare you to say that out loud.



August burning


“Sunflowers”. David Roddis. © 2014. All rights reserved.

It has taken me several years and hundreds of attempts to begin to get the results I wanted with my images of sunflowers.  At first I couldn’t articulate what was wrong, but it certainly had to do with playing it too safe.

I wanted to portray a kind of ferocity that suggests the blazing sun itself; and more than that, a sun that will eventually burn out… The image above is definitely moving in the right direction.

What do you think?