Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22 from 5pm to 7:30pm
Wanderings: Rodgers Naylor and Maud Taber-Thomas share a eye for the poetic through found moments of light and color. This show will move the viewer all over the world as they get a glimpse into the perspective of Rodgers and Maud during their travels.
Rodgers Naylor: When I asked where I get my ideas and inspiration, the shortest and best answer is “everywhere”. I consider myself fortunate to live in a beautiful place, Colorado, and could find a lifetime of painting ideas without ever leaving the state…but I love to travel and consider it essential. What I am looking for in a painting idea is an interesting arrangement of color and especially light, and a bit of human interest.
Maud Taber-Thomas: I like working in miniature, on a larger than life scale, and every size in between to endow my works with a sense of fleeting natural light, a celebration of color, and a sense of peace and thoughtfulness. In my travels, I love observing the idiosyncrasies of color and light that are unique to each place I visit, capturing in paint the subtleties that a camera can’t record. My landscape and cityscape paintings feature scenes and places that hold both literary and personal significance.
About the Artists
Rodgers Naylor studied drawing at the classical atelier in Minneapolis and oil painting at the Art Students League in Denver. He finds that an accurate and believable drawing (or placement of shapes) provides a solid structure for a looser and more experimental application of final colors and texture. Rodgers completes most work “alla prima”, i.e. in one painting session, but will sometimes modify or experiment with a painting later on if needed. He paints both in the studio and en plein air.
Maud Taber-Thomas was trained in classical techniques at the New York Academy of Art and teaches at the National Gallery of Art. Highlights from her career include a Terra Foundation residency in Giverny, France; an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and in 2019, her painting Elizabeth Bennett was shortlisted for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
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