Painting and Travel with Roger & Sarah Bansemer

Travel with Roger and Sarah as they paint their way across the country, visiting out of-the-way places, historic landmarks and interesting towns. Roger captures a beautiful landscape using acrylics or oils, sharing his techniques for color mixing and shading, laying out and refining subject matter. Sarah plays tour guide in each destination, talking to locals who share fun facts and stories.

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Episode #1002 · Sarah and Roger visit Christiansted on the beautiful island of St. Croix. Sarah enjoys the sights and sounds of the breezy downtown and the sunny, tropical ocean views. Roger makes a few sketches on location of an historic church which he decides to paint back in the studio using acrylics.

Ralph The Tiger

Episode #1003 · Sarah and Roger are invited to visit a large cat rescue in Mims, Florida. The owner introduces Sarah to the youngest member, Ralph the Tiger. Sarah also meets the larger lions and tigers and learns about their diet and care. Roger takes pictures of the handsome cub back to his studio and paints Ralph's portrait.

Cedar Key

Episode #1004 · Roger and Sarah drive their motorhome to the quaint fishing village of Cedar Key, Florida to spend a few days enjoying art galleries and the local scene. Sarah learns some of the towns rich history while visiting the Cedar Key Historical Museum. Roger selects a wooden fishing boat and palm trees for a scene to paint in oils.

Belle Isle

Episode #1005 · Sarah and Roger stop in Detroit, Michigan to visit the renowned Detroit Institute of Arts later swinging by the famous Motown recording studio. They also explore Belle Isle Park and view the impressive city skyline. Roger chooses to paint the iconic fountain using oils on a large canvas back in his studio.


Episode #1006 · Roger and Sarah cruise to Ketchikan, Alaska visiting the downtown area before heading off to Glacier Bay National Park. Roger paints a vessel in the marina used as a fishing tender when he returns to his studio. The cruise is peaceful and scenic along the way to the glacier field where they watch a glacier calving.

Old Presque Isle Light House

Episode #1007 · Painting and Travel tour the Old Presque Isle Light House on the shore of Michigan's Lake Huron. Sarah climbs the tower and visits the charming keepers house learning of its history and restoration. Roger uses acrylics to paint a birdseye view of the 38 foot tower and surrounding landscape.

Blue Water Bridge

Episode #1008 · Painting and Travel head north to Ontario Canada. Sarah spends time near the Blue Water Bridge at the Waterfront Park in Point Edward where warm fall afternoons are enjoyed by locals and visitors. Roger sets up his easel and uses acrylics to create a panoramic landscape including the bridge from a seventh floor balcony.

One Stop Buggy Shop, Part 1

Episode #1009 · Painting and Travel visit Amish country and the Miller Carriage Shop in Shipshewana, Indiana. Sarah talks with the owner of the hand built carriage business and watches the buggies being built to various stages of completion. Roger chooses to paint a landscape with one of the horse drawn carriages on a hilly country road.

One Stop Buggy Shop, Part 2

Episode #1010 · Using acrylics Roger concludes his landscape painting of a horse drawn carriage on a rolling countryside lane in Shipshewana, Indiana. Sarah visits the auction house and huge flea market where many Amish shop and sell vegetables, fruits, and tasty baked goods. While speaking with a vender she learns about some changes in the Amish lifestyle that help them live in today's world.

Sault Ste. Marie

Episode #1011 · During a visit to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Roger does a plein air painting of a Great Lakes freighter heading towards the locks. He also paints a friendly Canadian goose back at his studio. Sarah and Roger cross the International Bridge to the twin city in Ontario and tour the fascinating displays at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center.

Sea Oats and Dunes

Episode #1012 · Roger paints a seascape featuring sand dunes with sea oats using acrylics on board. Sarah takes a walk on the beach with Mic the rescue dog and later visits an environmental education center to learn about the importance of the dunes and other natural aspects of beach life.

Balloon Festival

Episode #1013 · Painting and Travel take to the air during the Albuquerque, New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Festival where hundreds of balloons come from around the world to participate. Roger describes the process of creating a 100 foot tall balloon mural on the side of a hotel. He also paints a scene of a colorful balloon in flight using acrylics.

Clapboard Island

Episode #301 · Roger and Sarah stay on a 60 acre island on the Maine coast in an historic cottage. Roger sets up his easel to paint colorful lobster buoys . Sarah explores the island and talks to the cottage owners about its origins and recent renovations.

Mississippi River

Episode #302 · Follow the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee to Natchez Mississippi where Roger paints a view of the winding river from high on a bluff. Sarah takes a look at a famous Blues street, explores the Vicksburg National Military Park, and tastes barbecue in Natchez.

Heritage Village

Episode #303 · Spend the day at Heritage Village Park in Largo, Florida. Sarah enjoys walking thru the old timey village stores, school and firehouse. Roger goes inside a pioneer cabin and paints one of the old fashioned rooms' interior.

St. Thomas Courtyard

Episode #304 · While visiting the Virgin Islands, Roger finds a courtyard to paint. Sarah enjoys the island and walks through the town to see the sights

Cape Porpoise

Episode #305 · Roger and Sarah find a perfect bay along the Maine coast in Cape Porpoise. Roger paints a nautical view from the floating dock and Sarah chats with a third generation lobsterman.

Mountain Valley

Episode #306 · Roger and Sarah drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop at an old fashioned general store in North Carolina. Roger sets up his easel in a quiet valley with a stream in the background.

Hudson River Valley

Episode #307 · Go with Roger and Sarah to the Hudson River Valley in New York state where they meet artist James Gurney. Roger and James paint a classic Hudson River scene. Sarah takes the opportunity to talk to James about his work and the creative process.

Grandfather's House

Episode #308 · Visit a unique turn of the century summer home in Ipswich, Mass. built by Sarah's grandfather, Arthur Shurcliff, an acclaimed landscape architect. Roger chooses to paint the garden with the stone tower in it designed for architect Shurcliff's six children to enjoy.

South Haven Lighthouse

Episode #309 · Sarah and Roger go to Michigan and see the South Haven Lighthouse which Roger paints. Sarah tours the Friends' Good Will tall ship and the Michigan Maritime Museum.

The Watering Can

Episode #310 · Stop at the studio of water color artist Gary Akers in St. George, Maine where Gary tells Sarah about his love of painting from an early age. Roger and Gary decide on a subject of summer flowers and a watering can and paint together.

Wooden Boat School

Episode #311 · Sarah and Roger are invited to the famous Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine where the director takes us inside the classroom to see boatbuilding and design up-close. Roger sets up his easel to capture an early morning beachscape.

Roosevelt and Rufus

Episode #312 · Visit the downtown of historic St. Augustine, Florida and take a horse drawn carriage ride thru the old city. Roger paints the carriage horse and Sarah talks to the driver who began his career at a very young age.

Portland Head Lighthouse

Episode #313 · Spend the day at one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, Maine's Portland Head Lighthouse. Sarah speaks with the museum director and looks at some artifacts. Roger finds a good view to paint the famous lighthouse structure.

Historical Apalachicola

Episode #401 · Visit the historical Gulf Coast town of Apalachicola, Florida as Sarah explores its history and talks in a cafe to a long-time resident. Roger paints an old fishing vessel by the wharf.

The Vintage Airstream

Episode #402 · Visit an RV Super show in Tampa, Florida.. Sarah meets the president of Airstream and takes a look inside a modern travel trailer. Roger paints a vintage airstream from the past in an old-fashioned travel park.

The Forgotten Coast

Episode #403 · Florida's Panhandle has small fishing villages, fresh oysters and an island lighthouse on St. George Island where Sarah climbs to the top for a nice view. Roger paints a rustic oyster shack from yesteryear.

Fatty's Antique Auto, Part 1

Episode #404 · Sit inside the famous car once owned by silent film actor Fatty Arbuckle. Sarah admires the luxurious interior while hearing its colorful history from the owner. Roger begins a large canvas featuring the 1923 MacFarland on Amelia Island.

Fatty's Antique Auto, Part 2

Episode #405 · Walk with Sarah through the Concourse d'Elegance on Amelia Island, Florida looking at the fabulous antique autos up close and talking to owners. Roger finishes Fatty's 1923 Macfarland on the large canvas.

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