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Morro Bay
Find nationally recognized artwork at David J Rogers Fine Art Gallery
 Watercolor artist brings vibrant landscape and seascape art to Morro Bay
The beautiful seaside town
of Morro Bay has long been the perfect location for artists
of all backgrounds to hone their skills and draw inspiration. It’s no surprise, then, why it was the ideal place for David Rogers, a water- color artist with 25+ years of art experience, to open his thriving art gallery.
 Along with his wife and busi- ness partner, Peggy, he established the David J Rogers Fine Art Gallery in downtown Morro Bay in 2018. River Alexander serves as their director of marketing and customer service.
“When we lived in the valley, we came to the Central Coast for mini vacations and fell in love with the area,” David said. “We have been welcomed into this area with open arms and we are so apprecia- tive of the positive response to
our gallery and the art instruc- tion. Morro Bay is obviously a very beautiful place to live, but the people are just as beautiful.”
Self-taught artist
Even as a young child, David said he never questioned his path in life as an artist. A self-taught artist destined to take his talent to the next level, David built on his skills with a trial-and-error approach to his pencil drawings and his pre- ferred medium, watercolor.
“Watercolor is a natural transi- tion from drawing, which was where I started,” David said. “The two mediums are similar in that they are subtractive, meaning the
artist is not only preserving the light but, at the same time, remov- ing the light with shadow.”
In other mediums, he explained, the reverse is true. It’s also why wa- tercolor has a reputation for being the toughest of all mediums, and why many find it difficult to switch from mediums such as oils or acryl- ics to watercolor.
Workshops & commissioned artwork
With his “learn by doing” method, David is able to share in minutes what took him years to learn. First explaining the how and why of each technique, he then guides students through a hands on process.
“We’ve had several students who have never picked up a paint brush before create beautiful works of art on their first attempt because they now have the confidence and belief in their abilities,” he said. “Confidence comes from experi- ence, and when your experience
is successful, you gain even more confidence in yourself and your painting abilities.”
In addition to his workshops, David cherishes helping customers
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