Artist Statement

Since I was a young boy I was always curious about photography. Being the youngest of eight children in rural Kentucky I was lucky that I ever got to touch, not to mention use the family’s Kodak Instamatic camera. As my brothers and sisters started their adult lives the camera finally fell in to my hands. Strangely, instead of taking just snap shots of people, I took photos of trees, animals, scenery and whatever else caught my eye.

Years later I met the love of my life, Virginia. Travel is something I had always wanted to do, but it never really had happened. We have traveled extensively over the years and there has always been a camera with us.

If it is scenic Kentucky, New England, the American West, Europe, or just our backyard the world around continues to inspire me. Looking through the viewfinder still is the curious young boy, wondering what he can find.

Roger on the beach


Roger Ballard is a native Kentuckian whose Kentucky roots date back to the 1780’s. Roger and his wife have lived in Versailles since 2001.

Photography has been a longtime hobby. He only recently has decided to share it with the public. In 2010 prints of Roger’s photographs began appearing in galleries in Central Kentucky. He also has begun to sell his work in art fairs throughout the region.

Roger is a juried artist in both the Kentucky Guild of Artist and Craftsmen and Kentucky Crafted.

Roger has a Bachelors and Masters in engineering from the University of Kentucky. When not taking photos, Roger is a structural engineer. Roger’s other passions include tennis and travel and of course his wife Virginia.

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