Jim Rodgers was born in northern New Jersey. He 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 that include 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 which has influenced his style and love for farmland and unspoiled vistas.
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. His work evokes an emotional response from the viewer through his poetic portrayal of nature and his concept of a tranche de vie (slice of life) vision.
His paintings are in the collections of numerous corporations, including Glenmede Trust Company, Pfizer Corporation, Rockefeller Trust and Pennsylvania Trust. Private collectors include Michael Franks, Jazz Recording Artist, Joseph M. Goryeb, President, COO at Champion Mortgage, Peter Kenny, CNBC Spokesman & Wall Street Investor, Pat LaFontaine, NHL Star and John W. Schmidlin, Chairman of JP Morgan.
His professional affiliations include The Salmagundi Club, New York City, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, and Duchess County Art Association, Millbrook, New York. Jim’s paintings have been featured in American Art Collector, Antiques and The Arts Weekly, Arabella Magazine, Cape Cod Magazine, The Darien Times, New Jersey Countryside and this magazine.