Murray A. Roed was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan,
and grew up in the farming community of Tisdale, Saskatchewan.
Murray holds a PhD degree in
Geology from the University
of Alberta, and a Master of
Arts degree from the University
He has been a geological and engineering consultant for 35 years, and
is one of the authors of popular and “best seller” books on “Geology of
the Kelowna Area, and Origin of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia”,
and “Okanagan Geology,
Murray and others are presently working on a new book focusing
specifically on the South Okanagan
which will feature the many interesting geological highlights of that
area. Any one wishing to assist in the backing of this book is
invited to contact Dr. Roed as the funds from the book will be used in
a scholarship fund for students at the University of British Columbia
Okanagan Campus as are the profits from the first books. In addition,
Dr. Roed has published over fifty scientific articles on
subjects ranging from mineral and oil exploration to many aspects of
engineering geology. He has always strived to foster a better
understanding of geology to the general public. His principle expertise
is terrain science that involves mapping landforms and determining
their origin, geologic history, engineering capabilities and
constraints. Consulting work has been focused in all Canadian
Provinces, Territories and the Arctic, but includes an interval in Australia.
Since 1996 he has visited the Cayman Islands frequently where he
completed research for a new book “Islands from the Sea, Geologic
Stories of Cayman”, published by the Cayman Free Press in 2006,
available from Sandhill Book Marketing in Kelowna (phone (250) 491-1446).
Murray began to paint a series of landscapes based on his travels
in 2000, and has had a number of public showings. The Cayman book and
the recent Okanagan book include some of his paintings; more can be
viewed on his website www.geoscapes.ca
. In addition, he has given numerous talks and field trips on various
aspects of geology and his art for various clubs, the media, and a number of schools in the Okanagan Valley.
He is also an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists
(AFCA). Murray paints in an acrylic medium
and focuses on landscapes with a strong environmental and historic
theme, bringing to life dramatic moments in the evolution of the land
in which we live.
lived and worked in the Okanagan
for 29 years, but has consulted on various projects here since 1971. He
presently resides in Kelowna
with his wife Debra. They have five
children and three grandchildren. His studio and gallery is at 4890 Westridge Drive,
Kelowna, BC, V1W 3A1,
Phone (250) 764-2600, E-mail: email@example.com .
Dr. Roed also gives very popular Geological Highlights
Tours of the Okanagan for the Meadowlark Festival. In 2010,
Murray and Festival artist Angie Roth
McIntosh will be the featured artists at the Meadowlark exhibit at
the Penticton Art Gallery
entitled "Landscapes and Habitats of the Okanagan" opening on May 21st
at 7 pm
and running until Mid June. Click
here to see the poster for the show.
Visit Dr. Roed's Geoscapes website here.