Featured Artist Lance Rodgers

Artist Lance Rodgers’ bold oversized paintings are designed as thought-provoking narratives. See more of his work by visiting his website.

 

Painting of a bikini clad woman in front of an atomic mushroom cloud over the ocean by Lance Rodgers

“Bikini Atoll” Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48”

 

I’ve been drawing, painting, and creating my whole life. If creating was a disease, and maybe it is, I would be incurable. Terminal. When I was given a coloring book, I was not great. Staying within those lines was not my strength. Blank paper was.

 

Painting of a woman in a red dress drinking and smoking by Lance Rodgers

“Waiting” Oil on Canvas, 48” x 60”

 

My father worked in corporate America and paper waste was epic. The old copying machines only printed on one side of the paper. He would bring home boxes of this waste paper and it was a treasure! I would tape the pages together to make giant “canvases” out of the blank sides and produce monumental murals!

 

Painting of a young man diving into the ocean by Lance Rodgers

“Diver” Oil on Canvas, 30” x 40”

 

I have since been on a journey to challenge my creativity, continue to learn and sharpen my skills. Currently, my main body of artwork consists of realistic, oil/acrylic paintings on canvas.

 

Political painting of a cowboy riding a volatile market by Lance Rodgers

“Riding a Volatile Market” Oil on Canvas, 48” x 60”

 

I enjoy the challenges of realism. That is, not just the technical challenges but conjuring imagery that everyone recognizes in literal, personal ways, and creating a narrative that tells a thoughtful story that I “direct.” Many of these paintings are introspective, some are political, often they have a sense of humor.

 

“Undertow” Oil on Canvas, 60” x 48”

 

Many of my paintings depict a depth of quiet humanity interacting with an environment (for instance, a figure next to a crashing wave after a thunderstorm). Sometimes I enjoy producing something as simple, yet complex, as a wave alone.

 

Painting of an ocean wave by Lance Rodgers

“Break” Oil on Canvas, 84” x 60”

 

As a native coastal Floridian, I am intrigued by our fast-changing weather and incorporate these elements into my paintings. I try to decide in advance how much humidity would be in the air, what the clouds would be like, how churned up the water would be, plus our amazing light. Is a storm brewing, or is everything calming down right ​after​ a storm?

 

Painting of a yong man on the beach lost in thought by Lance Rodgers

“Key of Remembrance” Oil on Canvas, 30” x 40”

 

Just as important is how the space and design elements are shaped within the composition. Where should your eye to go first—where do I want the viewer to end up? Can I subtly guide you without your awareness of this manipulation while maintaining a natural appearance?

 

Painting of two chimpanzees playing golf by Lance Rodgers

“The Mulligans Golf Another Round” Oil on Canvas, 40” x 20”

 

It takes no great skill to be shocking simply for shock’s sake. It is more satisfying to me to have some boldness, but not so much brashness. I sometimes have collectors who have owned my work for many years tell me they found themselves looking at one of my paintings for a long time after they thought they were sitting down to watch television. It is such an honor when folks purchase my work for more than wall furniture!

 

Painting of a pig swimming by Lance Rodgers

“Exuma Welcome” Oil on Canvas, 48” x 36”

 

I enjoy working at different scales. The largest I’ve painted is 14’ x 48’ and I still do small studies on wood as small as 6” x 6.” Large paintings give back such energy during the execution of them. I have to put my whole body into a brushstroke at times. Small pieces are so intimate, a wholly different satisfaction.

 

Artist Lance Rodgers working on “Exuma Welcome”

Artist Lance Rodgers working on “Exuma Welcome”

 

What used to be a love/hate relationship (the process of producing an artwork) has become more of a mature, personal, satisfying joy.

 

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