Patty Rodgers, a Texas based painter, creates large colorful oil paintings. Her work centers on semi-abstract images of light on objects, Interiors, and landscape spaces.
Patty is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, having earned a BFA in painting. She earned a BA in art at Simmons University, and an art teaching certificate in grades K through 12 at Central CT State University. 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, and VAL, Visual art league of Lewisville, where she exhibits her work in group shows. Her most recent exhibits in 2021 and 2022 were at the Gallery 8680 in Frisco, The Other Art Fair in Dallas, and Art Spectrum Miami with Artblend Gallery, and with several on-line collections at Saatchiart.com. Patty has been exhibiting in galleries, group shows, various art centers and fairs in CT, MA, IL, NY, WI, MI, and TX since 1981. Her first painting award was given by the well-known artist, Will Barnett, in 1981. Patty's art is in private collections all across the United States and in four different countries. Public collections include Wassau Hospital in WI, and Southern CT State University.
Statement on Light and Space
I am captivated by light on objects in interior and landscape spaces, that I see in my environment. I feel a presence of comfort. 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 minimalist geometric abstraction.
My 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. Particular objects 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.
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. I want the viewer to experience what I saw, and what I felt through the way I've redesigned it. I would like the viewer to feel the warmth and serenity of the light and space.
Professional Credentials: BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1981; BA, Simmons University, Boston, MA, 1978; Teaching Certificate Art K-12, Central CT State U., New Britain, CT
Recent Juried Group Exhibits
Patterson-Appleton Art Center, Denton TX, "VAST Members Show", 2022 (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, 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