John Bodkin

I am primarily a painter, but I tend to think of myself as just an artist. I love to paint. No, I really love to paint. It is something that just wraps its arms around me. I have been painting for more than fifty years. I have painted over a thousand paintings I think. I work at it every day.  I think of it as my job. My process is somewhat methodical. My work is abstract and has been for many years. When people ask me where I get my ideas I tell them I paint what I see. It’s true.

I think that as a foundation to all else, you must be able to draw. I draw every day. It is not unlike a musician practicing his instrument. I look at it the same way. Most of my ideas come from my drawings. I find that exploring this way actually make me very free during the painting process. I always make a lot of changes during the process of painting. You see it must work as a painting…no matter what you planed. My large paintings are about 6×7 feet and the medium ones are 5×6 feet. I very much like painting with oil paint. It is what I was trained with in art school and Grad school and I am comfortable with it. I painted on wooden panels for a number of years and while I do like that surface, I really enjoy canvas. It is more practical for the larger works.

My work is very transparent in what it is all about to me and I am always surprised when other people ask me if it’s this or that. I translate life to visuals. I try to find an experience or moment that is universal and play it as a visual. I like employing patterns as an element to work with my drawing. I see patterns as a plane or form and even as a color sometimes. It is essential to keep exploring. It makes the work new and exciting every day.

I try to participate in as many shows as I can each year. I have a gallery in New York that has been very supportive. I am always looking for an opportunity to exhibit and my studio is a busy place. I often have people drop in along with artists friends and people interested in looking at or buying my work. We always have a good time.


Note: In keeping with the Artists & Makers Studios mission, which includes connecting with the community beyond our doors, we are pleased to highlight the exceptional work of artists, makers and other creatives within the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region. In addition to our Resident Artists & Makers, we’re pleased to present another artist whose studios are “beyond our doors.”



Pam Rogers

Pam Rogers works with a broad array of organic materials to create fluid, abstract works on paper as well as large-scale nature based sculptures and installations.  She creates her works on paper utilizing plant and soil pigments and often making the paper as well.  Her sculptural installations are assembled from an array of vegetation in various stages of bloom and decay.  In all her works, Rogers addresses the complex relationship between individuals and nature, sustainability and growth, past and present.

Rogers’ sculptural installations, whether suspended or earth-bound use locally found flowers, leaves, and herbs, along with fiber and disjunctive pieces of hardware and are bound into massive, compelling forms that are infused with an ominous beauty.  She grounds the work into the current season and creates them to be site-specific by incorporating organic materials that reflect the shifting cycles of nature, while utilizing plants relevant to a specific place.

Rogers’ two-dimensional works reveal dense passages of paint while complemented by a strong use of negative space.  She evokes a profusion of natural imagery, often counter-balanced by decay, elements that choke or bind, and sometimes s suggestion of tiny creatures hopelessly trapped in the mass of organic matter.  Yet in her continuing examination of the complex relationship between people, plants, and place, Rogers never loses sight of the beauty inherent in the cyclical character of nature.  The artist has observed, “I am always intrigued by presenting beauty with elements that challenge the viewer to question what lurks beneath.”

Pam Rogers
Arlington Arts Center
3550 Wilson Blvd
Studio #209
Arlington, VA 22201


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