Howard Rogers has spent a lifetime expressing himself through art.
Howard, a Master Artist, is most famous for his paintings of cowboys and their horses. In addition to his well known Western themed works, Howard also paints nudes, wildlife, and florals and sculpts bronzes. His creative talents also extend to carving including a great deal of the furniture and the incredibly welcoming front door of his home in Arizona. At 79, Howard still has a strong desire to create beauty and finds inspiration in the natural environment which surrounds him the Sonoran Desert.
Howard's career began in 1959. He emerged from the Art Center of Los Angeles and began a decade of work in Detroit illustrating for the auto industry. He didn't illustrate cars, but instead he illustrated the people who went into the cars. As the auto industry moved towards photography instead of illustrations for their advertisements, Howard headed to New York to work for publishing houses, advertisting agencies, and magazines. He did illustrations for McCall's, Good Housekeeping, Harlequin Romance novels, and W.S. George.
Eventually, Howard decided to take his art in a different direction. His wife, Bonnie, encouraged him to paint people and soon the couple left Connecticut for Montana. During those years, Howard focused on reconnecting with his rural roots and began painting the cowboys, horses, and nudes for which he would become quite well known. Howard and Bonnie spent the next several years surrounded by cowboys, horses, rodeos, and big sky country.
A move to Arizona in 1993 gave Howard the opportunity to design another home. The house is whimsical, open, and has plenty of natural light. Howard carved the front door himself and it's a fitting piece to welcome the lucky guest into his home. Much of the furniture in Rogers's home was hand-carved by Howard including gorgeous pieces in the dining room, master bedroom, and in his studio. Not to be outdone, Bonnie has created much of the pottery work displayed in their home as well as being an accomplished weaver and knitter. The house brims with character and beautiful art.
It is clear when taking in his surroundings, looking at his paintings and bronzes, and speaking with the man himself that he clearly loves what he does.