Jim Rodgers’ 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 painting 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 across the US, as well as in England and France. Today, he frequents Lancaster, Pennsylvania to capture the quiet, sylvan landscapes of farm country on canvas.
His 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 numerous private and corporate collections. He has received many awards and prizes for his paintings. He is affiliated with the Morris County Art Association in New Jersey, the Duchess County Art Association in New York, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.
Best in Show, CCA National Show, Ridgewood Art Society
Abigail & Willys Silvers Award, Bianco Gallery Show
Best in Show, R.S. Galleries Juried Exhibition, Las Vegas, NV
Selected Public and Private Collections
Michael Franks, Jazz Recording Artist
Joseph M. Goryeb, President, COO at Champion Mortgage
Peter Kenny, CNBC Spokesman & Wall Street Investor
Pat LaFontaine, NHL Star
Richard T. Merriman, President & CEO of Pennsylvania Trust
John W. Schmidlin, Chairman of JP Morgan