Patty Rodgers Biography
Patty Rodgers, a Texas based painter, creates large colorful oil paintings. Her work centers on images of light on objects, interiors, and landscape spaces with a geometric organization.
Patty is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, having earned a BFA in painting, Simmons University, (BA in Art), and Central CT State University, (art teaching certificate in grades K-12). Patty taught art in public 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 arts society of Texas, VAL, Visual Art League of Lewisville, the Plano Art Association, where she exhibits her work in group shows. Patty has been exhibiting in galleries, group shows, various art centers and fairs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Illinois since 1981. Current exhibits are in Texas and with online galleries, Saatchiart.com, Artfinder.com, and Chairish.com.
Patty's first painting award was given by well-known artist, Will Barnet. Patty's paintings are in private collections all across the United States and in seven different countries. Public collections include Wausau Hospital in WI, and Southern CT State University.
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 Group Exhibits
Patterson-Appleton Art Center, Denton TX, VAST 175 Mile Exhibition. 2023. "VAST Members Show", 2023, 2022
Gallery 8680, Frisco, TX, “La Fleur”, “Trois Colors Red, White, Blue”, 2022
Several online 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, "The World as I See It", 2022, 2018, “The Art of Giving”, 2018, “Wild and Free”, 2018.
Black Box Theatre, Denton, Texas “Relationships”, 2018
Art Fairs/On-Line Exhibits/Galleries/Publications
Parallel Worlds, online exhibition, Contemporary Art Curator Magazine, 9/212/20/23.
Spotlight Contemporary Art Magazine issue 31, pg. 125.
Art Spectrum Miami, Dec. 1-6, 2021, Pompano Beach, Florida
The Other Art Fair, Dallas, October 24-29, 2021
Saatchiart.com, several on-line collections, 2023, 2019 to 2021
The Gregory Gaymont Gallery, 3948 N Southport Ave., Chicago, IL. 2007-2012. “Interiors and Cityscapes”,2007
Gail Browne Gallery, Commercial St., Provincetown, MA, 2010-2012.
Charles-Baltivik Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2006.
The Purple Giraffe Art Gallery, Harbert, MI, 2005.
Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI, “Interior, Exterior, Paintings about the Edge”, 2002.
Early Career Group Exhibitions
The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery, Grayslake, IL, “Recent Works”, 2017, 2013, 2009, 2001.
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.
Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2000
Canton Artist’s Guild, Canton, CT, 1999
John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT, 1998
E.T.C. Gallery, Hartford, CT, 1996
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, 1991
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, 1991
The Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT, “Face Off, Artists by Artists”, 1988.
AWARDS and HONORS
2nd Place Representational Painting, Vast members show, 2022.
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, Germany.
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.
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.
Simmons University, Boston
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.