Rod Cameron grew up surfing the beaches of Southern California, and it was in the "art rich” community of Laguna Beach where he discovered his artistic calling. Trained in painting and drawing at Otis Art Institute and the Art Students League of New York, Cameron worked as an artist/designer for twenty years, illustrating many children's books, toy packages and ads for the Los Angeles Times. According to Cameron, "Most of this work, by design, readied me by 2001 to move to Hawaii, to turn full-focus and devote my life to painting. Thankfully, my paintings (and murals) have been collected all over the world, allowing me the opportunity to paint almost every day.”
The artist describes finding true happiness "when and if my paintings can bring even a just few moments of pleasure” to a viewer. Cameron believes that “beauty is transcendent and can only be fully appreciated in light that reveals its forms. To love beauty is to see the light…with the light comes shadows, and in all great beauty, there is sadness.”
Rod has received over fifty awards in illustrative art, painting & design and with his lively, in-depth workshops and successful one man shows, has become one of Hawaii's most collected and best known painters in the islands. In April 2014, Mr. Cameron's book illustrations were placed in perpetuity and on permanent display at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima, Japan.