Artist Jim Rodgers’ paintings, which range from luscious pastoral scenes to quiet still life, reflect a richness in tone and color that comes from over 30 years of professional study and travel in the United States and abroad.
While a resident of Dover, New Jersey, Rodger’s early training and long affiliation with the Arts Students League in New York enabled him to study with such masters as Frank Mason, Gregg Kreutz, and Richard Pionk. Later, he was introduced to Art Maynard of the Ridgewood Art Institute of New Jersey, where he studied landscape along with portraiture. Primarily, his focus has been on traditional and classical attitudes in rendering landscape, still life, florals and genre scenes.
Classical training has been augmented by wanderlust, as Jim traveled throughout the United States, working as an artist. At times he has lived and worked in New Orleans, Florida, Connecticut, Nevada, and Ohio, as well as England and France. Today, he frequents Lancaster, Pennsylvania to capture the quiet, sylvan landscapes of farm country on canvas.
Jim’s intention is to capture the mood of a scene, particularly a landscape, and help the viewer feel the subject as he experienced it, ‘en plein air.’ He is especially fond of capturing scenes in the late afternoon and early evenings. Whether the work evokes joy, rapture, or quiet contemplation, Jim’s pieces all stand out for their rich tones and exquisite classical rendering.
Jim Rodgers’ work is in the private collections of such patrons as Charles Foster, the Vice President of Dunn and Bradstreet; Dr. Elias Hebeka, President of Warner Lambert; and Mark Rockefeller. He has received numerous awards, including prizes from RS Galleries Juried Exhibition and the Rochelle Art Association. He is affiliated with the Morris County Art Association in Morristown, New Jersey, the Duchess County Art Association in Millbrook, New York, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.