Who & Where

Roger at 5 Yeas OldI was born in Worcester, Massachusetts into mid-century New England. The textile mills were closing and with them, the economy was moving south. My family moved when I was young to coastal New Jersey for better prospects. I was raised there, among the pines and ocean beaches, and I began to paint the landscape…and play loud music in garage bands.

Following an art curriculum I graduated The Du Cret School as valedictorian of my class. Casting about for work and finding the late 1970’s music scene in New York City exciting, I promptly formed a punk band.  I followed this path into aural expressionism in alternative music for ten years while still exploring the “why and how” of oil painting and building my craft. During this period I spent time in Italy, France and Spain attending seminars, visiting museums and churches and studying the techniques of the masters.

Photo of Roger Vincent Jasaitis at The Fast Lane, Asbury Park, circa 1980.In the early ‘90s I decided to break with the music scene and moved to southern Vermont to concentrate fully on painting. I found the landscape and lifestyle in Vermont inspirational and soon found Quakerism at Putney Friends Meeting as a spiritual base.

I have built my home and studio, Crane Mountain Cottage, in the hills and forests of the southern Green Mountains in Townshend, Vermont. Here I live a simple, contemplative life with my wife, author and illustrator Nancy Jane Lang .

My work is in private collections across the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain and Japan. I am an exhibiting member of The Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont.