Howard Rogers, a Master Artist, is famous for western realism, figuratives, and nudes. The perfect way to describe Howard’s passion is “Leather and Lace.” He also excels in wildlife, florals, and bronze sculpture. At 82, with a lifetime of experience, Howard still burns with desire to create. He finds inspiration and beauty in the natural environment which surrounds him in the Sonoran Desert.
Howard's career as an illustrator began in 1959, emerging from the Art Center of Los Angeles. He began a decade of work illustrating for the auto industry in Detroit, usually depicting people with their cars. Howard then headed to New York to work for publishing houses, advertising 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 famous for. 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 guests into his home. Howard hand carved most of the furniture in his home. 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 loves what he does.