Rodgers Naylor studied drawing at a classical atelier in Minneapolis and painting at the Art Students League in Denver. Both experiences strongly influence his work today, as he finds that an accurate and believable drawing (or placement of shapes) provides a solid structure for a looser and more playful application of final colors and texture.
Rodgers takes a strong interest in the effects of light and shadow and warm/cool colors and in the relationship between the landscape and its human inhabitants. Each painting is both an abstract composition of light and dark shapes, and the starting point of a story whose details and conclusions may be imagined by the viewer. Rodgers completes most work “alla prima”, i.e. in one painting session. He paints both in the studio and en plein air.
Rodgers is a member of the Art Students League of Denver, Oil Painters of America and Plein Air Artists Colorado.