If there’s one image the lyrical lilt of ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ brings to my imagination, it’s this: Roger Dellar’s oil painting, ‘First Snow’. We all have that idyllic vision of a proper rural and wintery Christmas, with crisp virgin snow carpeting the fields, waiting to be crunched underfoot on a traditional family Boxing Day walk.
Roger is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, the Pastel Society, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and President of the Wapping Group of Artists. He is a champion in many media and can work in various environments from the comfort of his Surrey studio to the inhospitable yet picturesque locations favoured by the plein air painter.
He has long been fascinated by the depiction of light in paint. This is evident in his tender and peaceful treatment of the foreground snow contrasted with the bright glare of the distant snow-capped hills. I’m not sure if it’s the framing of the image by the two leafless trees or the cool neutral tones in Roger’s palette, but the tranquillity this scene conjures gets me excited for the start of the festive season.
‘First Snow’ is available as a Christmas card in our bookshop here at Mall Galleries, so you can send your friends and family a card evoking the peace and serenity of that perfect White Christmas.