Rogers, Susan

Susan Rogers Fine Art 


“My impressions of landscapes are created to help slow down the fast pace of everyday life.  I enjoy painting plein air, which allows me to respond to the beauty and spirit of nature. My style and themes are consistent but I use a variety of mediums. Pastels, acrylics, oils and many others are mediums that I enjoy creating with. They are all instrumental in telling a story without words and bringing the great outdoors in!”

Susan Kaye Rogers is a professional artist who specializes in naturescapes. She is an exhibiting member of Heartland Art Club, Co-Founder of the Gateway Pastel Artists, a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Gateway East Artists Guild.

She is a full time artist who works mainly with soft pastels. Pastel is pure pigment, the same pigment used in making all fine art paints. Historically, Pastel can be traced back to the 16th century. Edgar Degas was the most prolific user of Pastel, and its champion. Mary Cassatt became famous for her portraits. She was especially drawn to women in everyday domestic settings, especially mothers with their children. She introduced the Impressionists and Pastel to her friends in Philadelphia and Washington and thus to the United States.

Susan is mainly self taught, but by participating in many workshops and classes, her quest to improve her skills and her desire to learn are never ending.

Susan’s goal is to help preserve green spaces and the Oceans (water in its many forms). She does this by painting her interpretations and feelings en plein air or in her studio. She enjoys experimenting and layering different mediums, allowing the art to have a voice. She accomplishes this by remaining open to changes and not being afraid to ask, “what if?"

Susan’s creative process usually starts with plein air sketches that may merit more exploration, through larger paintings, created in her studio located in Millstadt, Illinois. Inspiration can be found in nature, other artists work and the desire to communicate without words. 

Her style of work has been described as realistic in the past, however she is currently working on a more impressionistic and slightly abstracted series of water. A supporter of Mission Blue, a group that inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. "No Water, No Life. No Blue, No Green" a quote by Sylvia Earle.  She looks forward to where this new direction will take her. 


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