michael roffe


Michael Roffe CpRINA Co-Founder and Guild Chairman

Specialisation: Watercolours - Maritime

Born in Peterborough in 1948, Michael was brought up in the same area where his family were involved in farming, shipping and engineering.

Michael originally intended to become a commercial artist and to that end obtained a distinction in the College of Preceptorís art and craft examinations in 1963. However, on leaving school he was articled to a construction company and his education ranged from technician to full professional level. By profession, Michael is a Chartered Architectural Technologist, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Builder and Building Engineer. He has lectured at higher education establishments on construction technology and quantity surveying; he has had several professional papers published. In 1979 he formed his own professional practice, Architectural Design and Surveyors, which is still practising today.

Michael started painting at the age of four and has continued to do so throughout his life. In his early twenties, he painted mostly in oils, and subjects included figure studies, portraits, abstracts and seascapes. He first exhibited his work in 1970, but since 1972 has concentrated on his real love which was the sea and ships. In 1991 he was the first marine artist to be admitted to the Royal Institution of Naval Architects as a Companion Member.

Michaelís work is very private and most of his watercolours are sold through commissions including both Mercantile Marine and numerous officers and men of the Royal Navy. One of Michaelís paintings has featured on the dust cover of a recently published book. In addition to his painting, Michael has also been involved in several books as a consultant on historical ship layout and rig.

Michael has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London and has been involved in charity work with King George V Fund for Sailors and the Royal Lifeboat Institution. He is also involved with the World Ship Trust, the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities and Trinity House.

Michael is currently semi-retired and, in addition to his commissions, he produces approximately ten fully researched paintings per year.