Roger is Tsimshian, belonging to the Lax Kw'alaan band. He was born in Prince Rupert, BC in 1969. He spent most of his childhood growing up in Port Simpson, BC, before moving south to the greater Vancouver region for schooling, and then eventually to Duncan, BC in 1992.
It is obvious that Roger has always enjoyed learning, as he has been given a lot of education, from academic institues and practical experiences. In 1987, Roger began the transfer program offered at Fraser Valley College in Abbotsford, BC. Here he was trained in printmaking techniques, taking courses in both woodblock printing and etching.
During the following summer, his cousin Mike Epp asked Roger to apprentice with him. This experience presented Roger with the opportunity to learn traditional native carving. It was also during this time that he was introduced to Bill Reid, who was working on his "Spirit Canoe".
From 1988-1989 Roger studied at the University of Victoria, to become an Art and Theatre teacher. During this time, Roger was an active member of the Native Studen Union at the University. At the end of his term, the student group was invited to the home of Tony Hunt Sr for a celebration dinner.
In the summer of 1990, Roger's cousin, the esteemed Tsimshian art Henry Green, asked him to apprentice with him. They spent this time working on a 10 foot totem pole in Vancouver, BC. From this experience, Roger learned how much dedication and determination is necessary to become sucessful in the art world. Henry was also helpful in introducing Roger to some other big name artists, such as Robert Davidson, Dorothy Grant, Beau Dick, Victor Reece, and Alvin Adkins.
Roger spent the following two years attending school again at the Unversity of Victoria, where he studied to be a designer in the Theatre program.
In the fall of 2003, Roger attended the Art Institute of Vancouver (previously called the Center for Digital Imaging and Sound), in Burnaby, BC. He graduated the program in 2005, with a diploma from the Digital Animation Masters program.
Roger credits his belated Aunt and Grandfather as his chief inspirations. He shared a special bond with his grandfather ("Bubba"), which gave him patience, aethics and aspirations. He also spent a lot of time with his Aunty Fran, who taught him endurance, dedication and to strive for excellence.