Don Rogers:  Paintings

At about 15, I became passionately interested in science and painting. At Princeton, although I was a chemistry major, I devoted most of my time to painting.

I taught physical chemistry in Istanbul and Madrid, traveled, painted, sold paintings, had several individual shows, and a lot of fun. I came under the only important influence in my painting life as apprentice to Aliye Berger-Boroni, Turkey’s leading painter. She said the only sensible thing I have ever heard anyone say about painting: “Rogers! See that line? There are a million lines I didn’t draw.” Returning to the U S, I found that some of the money I spent living well in Europe belonged to the IRS. This made my next choice easy: science or jail. In the ensuing years I published about a hundred scientific papers and eight books, and paid off the IRS.

I find the work of Frank Stella and Barnett Newman very congenial. For a long time I thought that “line and color on a surface” make a painting. Lately I find that line is superfluous. After painting in the style that you see here, I found that it is reminiscent of the furious sea storms of the early 19th century English painter Turner.

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