Rodgers’ paintings influenced by study abroad

January 11, 2009 | 1 Comment

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Buies Creek, N.C.-A collection of watercolors on exhibit in Campbell University's E.P. Sauls Gallery captures local scenes, various people and other subjects that caught the eye of artist, Daniel Rodgers, professor of Graphic Design. The exhibit runs through January 29 at the E.P. Sauls Gallery in the Rogers Fine Arts Center.

The majority of the exhibits' 21 watercolors were the result of a 25-day study abroad program that took Rodgers, Assistant Professor of Religion Dr. Adam English, and six university students on a trip from the Vatican in Rome to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. While traveling in the country, the professors taught art history, painting and philosophy.

"Just being in another country for an extended time can stimulate the eye and mind," said Rodgers. "Spending time in Italy with students and the scenery was a wonderful time for me as an artist and teacher."

Some of Rodgers' watercolors were painted on location using a 19th century style of painting outdoors.

"They have a strong sense of the open air that became a central feature of French Impressionism," Rodgers said. "Painting in this manner also allows one to meet many interesting people and get a feel and flavor for the locale that really translates into my paintings."

Three of the works have recently been juried into two state-wide shows: the State Fair of North Carolina exhibit and an exhibition at the AmbleSide Gallery in Greensboro sponsored by the North Carolina Watercolor Society of which Rodgers is a member.

"My work has helps me to better understand places, people and has given me a serenity that I've recently experienced," Rodgers said. "Watercolor is an interesting medium because you need to let it respond in its own way. Too much control can become rather drab."

Located on the first floor of the Rogers Fine Arts Center, the E.P. Sauls Gallery is open from 8:30 until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

Photo Copy: Campbell professor Daniel Rodgers' exhibit captures scenes from Italy in watercolor.

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