Born in Stratford upon Avon in 1945, Roger Davies spent his childhood first in Coventry and later in Rural Sussex (East Grinstead), far from the sea and ships. But from his teens onwards he always seemed to end up in ports, quite by accident. The first was Newport, South Wales, where he went to study Painting at the Art College (1961-66). Then London, where he got his Masters degree in Fine Art at the Royal College Of Art (1966-69). Then Belfast, where he taught Painting at the Ulster College of Art and Design (amid 1969-70 mayhem). He then taught at the Art College in the port of Hull, East Yorkshire, where he lived for thirty years. This is where his career as a freelance painter began and flourished.

Initially, he was not a marine artist at all, working in portraiture, andscape, still life and interiors, architectural studies, you name it. Though competent in all these genres, it was in the Maritime work that his real aptitude lay. This work always sold more readily than the other subjects and, one by one, they fell by the wayside. The specialism developed further as he became enthralled by the magic of yachting, which gradually ousted all other Maritime subjects (with the occasional exception of his beloved East Coast Working Sail).

His work is held by collectors in almost every country in the developed world. His most recent series of commissions came from the owner of the newly restored LULWORTH, Johan van den Bruele, and restoration project manager Giuseppe Longo.