Prior to his development as an artist, Roger McErlane practiced as a landscape architect and urban planner with over forty years of professional planning and design experience in the creation and implementation of residential communities. Roger served as Senior Vice President of Irvine Company and director of Community Planning and Design from 1996 to 2009.
In addition his professional planning and design experience in the United States, Mr. McErlane was a planning consultant for Euro Disney in Paris, France, and to several large land holders in Indonesia.
Mr. McErlane earned his master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his BA from California Polytechnic college, Pomona CA. He was elected fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1987.
Roger’s interest and focus during his professional practice was always to develop a strong conceptual structural design framework for the communities. This has carried into his exploration with oil paintings where strong shapes and shadows structure the paintings and layout.
Roger lives with his wife and family in Laguna Beach California and maintains a studio in Laguna as well.