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. His paintings focus on the essential details emerging from a cohesive mass augmented with poetic highlights. This evolves 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.
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 artistic aim is to create in a painterly, impressionistic style set forth in a contemporary sense. He portrays the world before him in visions of tranche de vie or slice of life paintings. He has used his passion for travel to fuel his desire to render the locals both rural and urban. Traversing America and Europe he has taken his plein air paintings and drawings and returned to the studio to recreate a comprehensive view of his world in the confines of his studio. The sojourns have given him his unique perspective and the pleasure of living the art life.