"Concept, Design, and Technique," featuring new works by Pennsylvania resident and impressionistic oil painter Jim Rodgers, returns to the Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, for the month of October.
For Rodgers, there are three key elements to painting: concept, formal design and technique. His 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.
Rodgers paints a wide range of subjects 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 that are the result of more than 30 years of professional study and artistic sojourns throughout the United States, England, Ireland, France and Italy. These journeys helped to produce the subject matter and inspiration that is the basis of his painterly impressionistic style.
Rodgers' work is in the private and corporate collections of such patrons as Charles Foster, the vice president of Dunn and Bradstreet; Dr. Elias Hebeka, president of Warner Lambert; Richard T. Merriman, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Trust; John W. Schmidlin, chairman of JP Morgan; Joseph M. Goryeb, president and COO of Champion Mortgage; CNBC spokesman and Wall Street investor Peter Kenny; jazz musician Michael Franks; NHL star Pat LaFontaine; and Mark Rockefeller.
Rodgers has been affiliated with the Morris County Art Association in Morristown, N.J.; the Duchess County Art Association in Millbrook, N.Y.; the Salmagundi Club in New York City; and the Delaware Art Museum. He has also received numerous awards, including prizes from RS Galleries Juried Exhibition, the Rochelle Art Association, Best in Show-CCA National Show at Ridgewood Art Society, Abigail & Willys Silvers Award-Bianco Gallery Show, and Best in Show-R.S. Galleries Juried Exhibition, Las Vegas. He has had more than 26 one-man shows.
Admission is free. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 203-655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.