Fishing Shack by Donna Ruane Rogers
pastel, 21.5 x 18 inches
Artist Statement: New Jersey is home to a spectrum of varied landscapes. A scenic tour along the pristine Maurice River is a personal highlight of a Millville visit. There you can see bald eagles and nesting ospreys as well remnants of the past including Burcham Farm. Another remaining piece of history along the marshes and among the wild rice marsh is a lone fishing shack, the last of what was once more plentiful. The light of the setting summer sun on the shack and the calm of the water was especially peaceful. In this pastel painting, I wanted to convey the feeling of peace and calm in the early summer evening in an isolated and natural location.
Jersey Inspiration: The inspiration for this pastel on paper painting was to share my delight in discovering for the first time this wonderful beauty and to celebrate the unique history of treasures along the Maurice River.
Bio: As a career graphic designer, Donna Ruane Rogers was looking for a creative outlet when she decided to try her hand at pastel painting several years ago. Now that she is retired from the corporate world, Ruane Rogers has been actively painting many of her favorite places in her home studio as well as en plein air around her home in Frenchtown, Hunterdon County as well as favorite locations in south Jersey and at the Jersey shore. She strives to accurately capture her subjects and their relationship with the light of the day. Her work has been displayed at The Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ, the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, NJ, Ocean City Arts Center, Prallsville Mill in Stockton, NJ and at the Hopewell Valley Winery in Hopewell Valley, NJ. Ruane Rogers is an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America.
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