Born and raised in the heart of the corn belt region of the Midwestern United States, Randel Rogers grew up with the inspiration of the sweeping vistas of agricultural terrain. Subsequent moves took her to the Southeast, then to the Mid Atlantic Region and to the Southwestern Region. Finally, she has settled in a small community along the Sun Coast of Florida.
After having drawn and painted on her own as a child, she graduated in the late 60’s with a degree in studio art from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Further art education came from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. She has painted murals in the Department of Defense at the Pentagon as well as commissions for Faison Associates, The James Center, Richmond, Virginia, and for Saint Stephen’s Church, Richmond, Virginia.
Primarily a landscape artist, she has won awards, fellowships and grants for her representational landscapes. In her work, she strives for a delicate balance between figurative and abstract qualities while always pushing the boundaries of composition and color. Her contemporary landscapes are inspired by light and terrain. Her paintings are in distinctive private and corporate collections across the country, including: The Fine Arts Museum of Portsmouth, Virginia, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, CA, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, National Association of Letter Carriers, Washington, DC, Media General, Richmond, VA, Winston and Strawn, LLP, Washington, DC, New York, NY and Hong Kong, China. One of her artworks was recently selected by the Art In Embassies Program which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is to be hung in the residency of the Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Africa.
“My work is representational, using nature as my starting point in both theme and color. The push of land, the sweep of water, the angled tree line give me my motivation; local color, with the light playing against it, is my inspiration. Landscape works are begun en plein air using pastels; then a larger version in oil on canvas is painted in the studio. My paintings capture the different times of the day, the changes of the season, the soul of the moment. They are the way that I can share with others that portion of my life which I consider necessary and spiritual.”