“As co-owner of an international card company, a designer and illustrator for more than 35. I retired from my business (PhotoTidings.com) to pursue my love of art making in 2006. After majoring in art at the University of Oregon, I expanded my skills by studying with numerous professional artists in the Pacific Northwest, Mexico, Italy and France. I became known for my plein-air landscape painting and impressionistic still life work, but I made a sudden departure in style after spending winters in Mexico and becoming enamored with the allegorical nature of Latin American folk art. My work has shown at Maude Kerns Art Center, Kudos Gallery, Jacob’s Gallery, Opus S6ix and Passionflower in Eugene, at Onda Gallery and Guardino Gallery in Portland, and at the Haystack Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Much of my work comments on the relationship between humans and nature. Inside, we are all the same, sharing identical molecules with every life form on the planet and beyond. We are all intrinsically connected and when one is hurt, we all suffer. Combining plant, bird, and insect imagery with figurative elements in a slightly surrealistic fashion, I explore and illuminate the essence that links us together. Drawing from my imagination and my love of nature, my compositions are both organic and graphic. My background in design as well as my Spanish/Italian heritage definitely influence my style. I love the freedom of making art with mixed media. I create sculptural bas-reliefs and textural painting using paper mache, collage materials and acrylic paint.”
Rogene was recently featured on Oregon Art Beat, a service of OPB.