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Lived/Active: Arizona/California      Known for: female-figure-nude, western scene

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
An illustrator and fine art painter specializing in female nude figure, Howard Rogers grew up in San Diego, California the child of a cobbler and department store clerk who encouraged him at a young age to pursue his talents. As a child Rogers loved drawing calendar girls and horses which he observed when he visited his uncle's farm in Oregon over summer vacations.

After high school, Rogers apprenticed with a sign painter. He was then drafted into the Army and upon completion of his service he worked in the sign department of a grocery chain.

A champion bicycle racer, Rogers tried out for the US Olympic team three times. When a freak racing accident kept him off the team in 1956 he gave up racing for good. Instead Rogers enrolled in the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. That same year Rogers married his wife, Bonnie.

Upon graduation Howard Rogers went to Detroit to work as an illustrator for the automobile industry. In 1970 he moved to Connecticut and did work for leading publications including Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, McCall's, Cosmopolitan and Ladies Home Journal. Roger's romantic style won him contracts with Simon and Schuster paperbacks, Harlequin Paperbacks and movie posters including the poster for the James Bond movie "Diamonds are Forever."

In the late 1970s Rogers decided to give up illustration and pursue a career in fine art. He had immediate success with his western paintings and he soon also began to paint a variety of subjects from western to floral to figure and wildlife. He also creates bronze sculptures of female figures. He works from his home studio north of Cave Creek, Arizona.

Source: Southwest Art, October 2003

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, V:
Howard Rogers wanted to be an artist for as long as he could remember. “I had no idea what an artist was when I was a kid,” he laughs. “But I had a distant cousin who had gone to art school and I saw some of his drawings. They really impressed me.” Born and raised in San Diego, California, Rogers now focuses on the future: “I kind of enjoy today and tomorrow and to heck with yesterday.”

While in high school, Rogers took some art classes and served as an apprentice sign painter, eventually becoming a journeyman. He was also a member of his high school track team, competing in the high jump, the hurdles and cross-country, as well as doing some bike racing. Following a stint in the Army, he began training for the Olympics in bike racing, trying out in 1948, 1952 and 1956. Today, “I ride a stationary bike in front of my easel three times a week.”

After trying out for the 1956 Olympics, Rogers married his wife Bonnie and attended the Art Center in Los Angeles, graduating with distinction in advertising illustration. The couple then headed to Detroit, Michigan, where Rogers worked for several art studios, as well as illustrating for several national magazines as a freelance illustrator. In 1971, the couple moved to Connecticut, where Rogers focused on his illustration work, doing pieces for magazines such as "Good Housekeeping," "Ladies Home Journal," "Readers Digest" and "Cosmopolitan," as well as book covers for Simon & Schuster.

In 1979, the Rogers spent time at a guest ranch in Wyoming and the next year, Rogers did his first oil painting. The two events came together to move the artist in a direction that would bring him undisputed success in the fine art world. In 1985, the Rogers moved to Bozeman, Montana, and soon after, Rogers tried his hand at sculpting.

Art, no matter the medium, is Rogers’ passion. Besides painting, sculpting and landscaping, he is also talented at woodcarving. He carved the headboard of his bed, the dining room table and buffet and the front door of his home.

Reference: "Art of the West" May/June 1996

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Trailside is pleased to welcome Howard Rogers to its family of artists. The Arizona based artist, known throughout the country for his paintings and sculpture will be represented in both our Scottsdale, Arizona and Jackson, Wyoming galleries.

Howard’s career spans more than 40 years. Like many of his contemporaries, he began his fine art career as a highly successful illustrator on the East Coast, working on projects for national magazines and book publishers such as Simon & Schuster.

He eventually moved West to paint full time, greatly inspired by the landscapes and cowboy life style. Today, Howard is nationally known for his western paintings, although his subjects also focus on figuratives, nudes, florals and wildlife. He is also highly sought
after for his lyrical bronzes. Howard Rogers has been profiled in various magazine articles including "Art of the West". He and his wife Bonnie reside in Arizona.

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