“I put my knuckle to the copper plate. When the sharp drypoint needle drags the soft metal and raise the burr, I’m encouraged to know the engravers Durer and Rembrandt performed the same motions. To find the best way to render both delicacy and vastness of a landscape or capture life in a small drypoint etching is a unique challenge.
Spreading the buttery ink on a freshly incised plate or the dampening of the paper to receive the ink, to the rolling of the papers under the weight of a 1500 lb.press and finally pulling the print out from under the felt blankets to examine is a practiced skill. A process that is humbling and offers a catharsis every time it is experienced!
When I think about artists in history who created beautiful etchings celebrating the landscape or effecting social changes with their satirical prints and posters, I feel a sense of relevance. My aim is twofold: to satisfy a personal desire to see through the whole intaglio process, and to excite and challenge the viewer and even evoke a sense of nostalgia.”
The studio is tucked behind the family coffee roasting busines Central Coffee Roasters on the Thornton River in Sperryville.
Rogers majored in design at Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C , and has exhibited in New York City, Richmond and Washington DC.
The Secrets of Intaglio Printmaking! Methods, materials, & press.Intaglio Demonstrations every SECOND SATURDAY of each month , starting Saturday March 11th and every second Saturday till the end of the year, unless otherwise posted.
Understanding the variety printmaking methods & terms, materials and safety
“The Power of the Press Belongs to Those Who Can Operate One!”
Rogers prints are available to see and purchase in the gallery at the front of the building, which is also the roasters Tasting Room. Enjoy Art and Coffee, and finish your day’s outing with a 20 minute drive west to the Shenandoah National Park!
Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Exhibition