Patty Rodgers, a Texas based painter, creates large colorful oil paintings. Her work centers on semi-abstract images of light on objects, in interiors, and landscape spaces.
Patty is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, having earned a BFA in painting, Simmons University, (B.A. in art), and Central CT State University, (art teaching certificate in grades K through).
Patty taught art in public and private schools for about ten years in CT and IL, then began teaching private art lessons at an artist's co-op in Illinois, and guitar lessons through her home based business, now known as Denton County Guitar Studio.
Patty is a member of VAST, Visual Art Society of Texas, and VAL, Visual Art League of Lewisville, where she exhibits her work in group shows. Her most recent exhibits in 2021 to 2022 were at the Gallery 8680 in Frisco, The Other Art Fair in Dallas, and Art Spectrum Miami, Florida. Her work is included in several on-line collections at Saatchiart.com. She is featured as "One to Watch" at Artfinder.com.
Patty has been exhibiting in galleries, group shows, various art centers and fairs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Illinois since 1981. Her first painting award was given by the well-known artist, Will Barnett. Patty's art is in private collections all across the United States and in five different countries. Public collections include Wausau Hospital in WI, and Southern CT State University.
Discover Patty's work on Instagram @pattyrodgersart as well as Chairish.com.
Patty began playing guitar at the age of 9, by taking lessons with local private teachers in Massachusetts until entering college. As an adult, she later took lessons in the art of classical playing while her son was studying guitar. Patty played with different churches in Illinois in their contemporary bands in the Chicago area, as well as for wedding ceremonies with a violinist, with whom they were known as "Allure Duo".
Currently, she teaches from her home studio, known as Denton County Guitar Studio. Patty occasionally performs at Buzzbrews "Classical Night" in Dallas, and at the Perc Coffee House, and the Old Towne Wine in Lewisville, at art gallery openings, and Flower Mound United Methodist Church.
Patty plays classical pieces from the Renaissance period through the Modern period. She enjoys fingerstyle playing because the melody and harmonies are heard at the same time. Some favorites are Celtic pieces, arrangements of Beatles songs, Led Zepplin, and Fernando Sor. Currently she and Mike Carroll, known together as "Sempre Strings", are preparing fingerstyle jazz tunes for performance.
Exhibition History Selected
Recent Juried Group Exhibits
Patterson-Appleton Art Center, Denton TX, "VAST Members Show", 2023, 2022 (2nd place painting award)
Gallery 8680, Frisco, TX, “La Fleur” , “Trois Colors Red, White, Blue”, 2022
Several on line collections at Saatchiart.com 2019 to 2022
Art Gallery at the Medical City Grand Theatre, 100 N Charles St., Lewisville, Texas
“America the Beautiful”, 2019, “Fresh Ideas”, 2022, 2018, “The Art of Giving”, 2018, “Wild and Free”, 2018.
Black Box Theatre, Denton, Texas “Relationships”, 2018
Commercial Fairs/On-Line Exhibits
Art Spectrum Miami, Dec. 1-6, 2021, represented by Artblend Gallery, Pompano Beach, Florida
The Other Art Fair, Dallas, October 24-29, 2021
Saatchiart.com , several on-line collections, 2023, 2019 to 2021
Solo and commercial gallery exhibits
The Gregory Gaymont Gallery, 3948 N Southport Ave., Chicago, IL. Group shows 2007-2012, Three person show in 2009, One person show in 2007, “ Interiors and Cityscapes”.
Gail Browne Gallery, Commercial St., Provincetown, MA, group shows, 2010-2012
Charles-Baltivik Gallery, Provincetown, MA, group shows, 2006.
The Purple Giraffe Art Gallery, Harbert, MI, group shows, 2005.
Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI, “Interior, Exterior, Paintings about the Edge”, two person show, 2002.
E.T.C. Gallery, Hartford, CT, group show, 1996
The Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT, “Face Off, Artists By Artists”, Invited group show, 1988.
Selected Juried Group Exhibitions
MCL Grand Art Gallery, Lewisville, TX, "The World as I See It", 2022
The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery, Grayslake, IL, “Recent Works”, 2017, 2013, 2009, 2001. Awarded an Honorable Mention in 2013.
City Hall, Highland Park, IL, 2017
The Adler Center for Music and Art, Libertyville, IL, “members Group Shows”, 2018, 2017, 2016
Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, MA, “Small Works”, 2015
Starline Gallery, Harvard, IL, “4th Fridays Exhibit”, 2012. The Chicago Art Open, Chicago, IL, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002.The Chicago Art Open, Chicago, IL, 2005,04, 03, 02
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2000
Canton Artist’s Guild, Canton, CT, 1999
Artwell Ink, Torrington, CT, 1998
John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT, 1998
Sparrow Gate Gallery, Simsbury, CT, 1998
Central CT State U., New Britain, CT, 1994
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, 1991
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, 1991
AWARDS and HONORS
Honorable Mention, Robert T. Wright Gallery, 2017, 2013
Juror’s Award, Artwell Ink, 1998
Sculpture Award, C.C.S.U., 1994
Oil Painting Award, West Hartford Art League, 1981
Academy, Simmons University Honor Society, 1978
Dean’s List Honors, Leicester Jr. College, Leicester, MA, 1976
Southern CT State U., New Haven, CT ( 1981 “One percent for art in state buildings project”. Intended for the science building stairwell. Paintings were moved to private offices because of vandalism)
Wausau Hospital, Wausau, WI
MA, OH, CA, IL, WI, MI, MD, WA, NJ, RI, NC, NY, PA, CO, UK, S. Korea, AU, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada
Post Graduate Teaching Certificate Pre-K -12
Southern CT State University
Here I studied art education courses, special education, several graduate level studio art classes in drawing, color drawing, and painting. I also studied the three-dimensional courses I missed as an undergrad, like sculpture and handcrafts. One year was spent as a student teacher in CT public schools.
Rhode Island School of Design
My education consisted of studio drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I studied under Dean Richardson, Richard Merkin, and Louisa Chase, among others.
Simmons University, Boston
Two years of liberal arts and studio art courses were transferred from Leicester Jr. College, Leicester, MA.
At Simmons I studied color theory, drawing, printmaking, Baroque Art, American Art, Independent studies in painting.
Statement on Light and Space
I am captivated by light on objects in interior and in landscape spaces. I see light as a pattern of shapes which become part of my compositions. My paintings, although representing the natural world, have a look of a minimalist geometric interpretation. Most of my paintings lack people but their presence is implied.
My ideas for paintings begin with drawings in any of several media: Pencil. Colored pencils. Ink. Charcoal. Pastels or watercolors. These drawings are a diary of sorts, a record of the beauty of light on that day, at that time. A sketch of a particular object like a coffee cup, a flower in a jar, or a house on a beach can conjure a memory. When I'm ready to begin a painting, I choose one of these drawings as a reference. I'll enlarge the drawing on a canvas proportional to it. As I work, I am trying to express a feeling of space and light.
Color and composition then drive my painting. As the painting progresses each day, I change colors often to get just the right mixture of hue that seems imbued with light. I then might add shapes and remove shapes. I tape pieces of colored paper to the canvas to see how different colors will look. I keep simplifying the design and think about how colors appear to come forward or recede.
Architectonic angles, lines, and shapes become a visual pathway around the canvas. I walk the viewer through the space. In this way, I make the viewer present in the painting. The fleeting aspect of light, and my flat colored shapes contribute to a feeling of a moment captured. There is a psychological component in my best work. Through color, space, and light, I want the viewer to experience a story, a feeling of isolation, a peaceful feeling, or that something has happened or is about to happen.