Rogowski's work combines art and history, as she often paints on antique pieces found at local shops or through internet auction sites. She says she "likes to deal with functional pieces that people can use." Mary is as much interested in the particular piece itself as she is in what she does with the piece. She looks for good lines, an interesting shape, and something that speaks to her and says - "take me home!"
Her work leans towards pastoral scenes painted in rich tones of golden umber, teal blue and olive greens. These decorative art pieces are reminders of the rich heritage that our European ancestors brought to Pennsylvania during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Rogowski paints for herself to expand her own collection for sale but also does many pieces for individuals who commission her to paint specific items. Some patterns are her original design, but much of her work is influenced by Pennsylvania-born folk artist Peter Ompir, considered by many to be the "father of American decorative painting."
( SEE INSIDE CABINET FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT PETER OMPIR'S STYLE)
If anyone is interested in attending Mary's annual art sale in November, please sign the information sheet below. You will be contacted about the dates, time and location of her studio in Spruce Creek.