Jim Rodgers was born in northern New Jersey. Mr. Rodgers studied at the Art Students League in New York City and also attended the Ridgewood Art Institute where he studied landscape painting. Mr. Rodgers paintings focus on the essential details emerging from a cohesive mass augmented with poetic highlights evolving into a hybrid fashioned from painterly and impressionistic inspirations in a contemporary sense.
Mr. Rodgers paints a wide range of subject and subject matter: from lush American and European landscapes to intimate genre paintings as well as elegant and sophisticated still life and floral renderings. His paintings reflect richness in tone and color in his style that comes from over 30 years of professional study and numerous sojourns throughout America and Europe.
Mr. Rodgers traditional and American impressionistic training has been augmented by his wanderlust traveling across America as a working artist as well as his many trips abroad including destinations such as England, Ireland, France and Italy. These journeys helped to produce the subject matter and inspiration that is the basis of his painterly impressionistic style. He currently resides in the bucolic countryside of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Rodgers intention is to capture the mood of the scenes he has painted “en plein air” and rendered in his studio to give the viewer a glimpse of what he has experienced. He tries to evoke an emotional response from the viewer through his poetic portrayal of nature and his concept of a tranche de vie (slice of life) vision.
Mr. Rodgers has become quite popular with collectors both corporate and private including:
• 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
• Pfizer Corporation
• Rockefeller Trust
• John W. Schmidlin, Chairman of JP Morgan
Mr. Rodgers has been affiliated with the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Delaware Art Museum. He has also received numerous awards including:
• Best in Show-CCA National Show at Ridgewood Art Society
• Abigail & Willys Silvers Award-Bianco Gallery Show
• Best in Show-R.S. Galleries Juried Exhibition, Las Vegas, Nevada
Mr. Rodgers is a very prolific artist by nature having had 26 one man shows of which several recent shows have been near sell outs. He has also been included in numerous group shows, many being well received. Mr. Rodgers paintings have been sought after by clients and in demand throughout his career.