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Dr. Robert Rogan, Exceptional Modern Artist, Professor and Mentor ~ Photos of Paintings

Updated on January 17, 2017

Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting | Source

Robert Rogan

Writing about Dr. Robert Rogan (who is known to family members as Bob) is near and dear to my heart. Sharing some information about this extraordinary man who is my husband's great uncle through marriage is my great pleasure for this, my 200th hub. He is truly not only a talented artist and professor, but has been a mentor and exceptional person to many who have been fortunate enough to have crossed his path.

My husband was about 4 or 5 years old when Bob's wife, Ann, introduced him to family members at a family gathering in Iowa.

Ann was the youngest sibling to my husband's maternal grandmother and my husband's mother was only about 7 years younger...so they were almost raised as sisters. Thus, the relationship was close.


In that colorful slightly abstracted painting below...a piece of farm equipment sits in the farmer's field ready to do the work of tilling the ground for the planting of crops.

Robert Rogan painting

Closeup photo of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Fine Arts Gallery
Closeup photo of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Fine Arts Gallery
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Academic experience and education history

Robert Rogan had Mid-Western roots (as did my husband's family) and started his academic career as an instructor at Fort Dodge Junior College in 1950.

He received his Bachelor of Art degree from Washburn University in 1948 and followed that with a Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of Iowa in 1950. In 1964 Robert Rogan attained his Doctorate degree in Education at the University of Kansas.

His career path led him to the following institutions:

Instructor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha from 1951 - 1954.

Professor of Art at Central Missouri State University from 1954 - 1959.

Instructor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence from 1959 - 1961.

And finally, Dr. Rogan was a Professor of Art and the Department Head at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas from 1961 to 1990 when he retired from his long and satisfying academic career.


Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting | Source

My husband credits his great uncle Bob with first introducing him to art and cultivating his interest in art appreciation.

My husband's dad had died when my husband was still a toddler. His mother had relocated to San Antonio, Texas from Iowa and was busy earning a living as a pharmacist.

When Ann and Bob would visit family members in San Antonio (several other family members had also relocated to the sunny South from the Mid-West), often Bob would take my husband and his two boys to McNay Art Institute and other museums for a fun daytime outing.

Because of Bob's genuine enthusiasm as well as knowledge of the subject matter, artistic creations came alive in my husband's mind and were no longer merely static canvasses of color adorning walls, but became something much more. Each and every piece told a story no matter which art medium was utilized.


Robert Rogan lithograph

Robert Rogan lithograph
Robert Rogan lithograph | Source


In the lithograph and painting shown above, both of which are now displayed in the William Reaves Fine Art Gallery in Houston, Texas, can you see the influence of Dr. Rogan's mid-west background?

One might well imagine a Kansas farm scape in that lithograph after all the leaves have fallen off of the trees in the Fall of the year.


Robert Rogan paintings

Robert Rogan paintings hanging in the William Reaves Art Gallery
Robert Rogan paintings hanging in the William Reaves Art Gallery | Source

Different styles of painting

Most artists like to experiment with different styles of artistic expression. Being a professor of art, Bob Rogan would have had additional reasons for experimentation. After all, he was a teacher!

In a few of his paintings he used the dribble or drip approach that Jackson Pollock made famous. This was not his usual style of expression, but it made for some interesting canvasses!

Look at the closeup photos of the paintings Dr. Rogan produced below to see that type of application to addressing a blank canvas.

Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting

Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Fine Arts Gallery
Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Fine Arts Gallery

Closeup photo of a Robert Rogan painting

Closeup photo of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Fine Arts Gallery
Closeup photo of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Fine Arts Gallery

Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting | Source

The first time I got to visit Ann and Bob at their home in Beaumont, I was fascinated!

Not only were they both warm and welcoming, intelligent and genuinely nice people, but as a person who has dabbled with creating art most of my life...although my professional training took me in another direction (that of becoming a nurse)...here was a living and breathing art gallery.

Every room of their home held another wonderful collection of creations!

I took some photos and wish now that I had taken even more.


Robert Rogan paintings

Paintings that used to hang in the Rogan's living room in Beaumont, Texas (Many have or are now being sold.)
Paintings that used to hang in the Rogan's living room in Beaumont, Texas (Many have or are now being sold.) | Source

Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting | Source

Most interesting of all was Bob's art studio!

He had converted his garage which was filled to the brim with primarily his own creations, many of the canvasses simply stacked one against another. There was simply not enough room on the walls to hold everything.

In addition, some paintings and works of art that had been given to him by his students throughout the years helped fill the walls with a vibrant mix of colors and styles.

Easels, vast collections of brushes and other artist supplies were also intermixed with the works of art. Some works were still in progress.

It was quite simply a wonderland and feast for the senses!

Robert Rogan's art studio in his home

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Partial view of the Rogan studio
Partial view of the Rogan studio | Source
Partial view of the Rogan studio
Partial view of the Rogan studio | Source
Partial view of the Rogan studio
Partial view of the Rogan studio | Source
Partial view of the Rogan studio
Partial view of the Rogan studio | Source

Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting

Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Fine Arts Gallery
Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Fine Arts Gallery

As much as Robert Rogan loved and still loves creating art, he admitted to my husband one day that he loved teaching it even more.

He loved opening this vast world of artistic expression and helping students explore it while on their journey to becoming artists in their own right.

Serving as an instructor, Dr. Rogan became a mentor to many of his students who thought the world of this warm and gentle man.

Several of his students have gone on to receive accolades at least one has even published an art book. Bob still has some former students that make the time out of their busy schedules to personally visit him even though it has been years since he headed the art department at Lamar University.

My husband has personally met several former students of his great uncle's who have personally attested to feelings of great admiration for their former professor.


Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting | Source

Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting | Source

The painting of doves to the right was my mother-in-law's favorite painting of Bob's which used to hang in the Rogan's living room.

For many years, Bob would display some of his art in different exhibitions at Museums and Universities and other venues, even winning prizes...but he truly hated to sell his works.

Occasionally he would let a piece go and then wish that he had kept it. They were like his babies...each and every one near and dear to his heart.

Once he made the decision to start letting some of his pieces go...suddenly the word spread like wildfire and people started literally knocking on his door to collect his works.

Much of what has been pictured in this post may or may not be available any longer.

The very first piece of Rogan's work that was sold at the William Reaves Fine Arts gallery in Houston at their THREE PROFESSORS AT WORK exhibition in June - July of 2008 was this favorite painting of my mother-in-laws. It actually had a red dot (sold sticker) on it prior to the official opening of the exhibit!

I am happy that I had taken a photo of it and can remember it visually in addition to having just a fond memory of that particular painting.

Hopefully the new owner appreciates it as much and has found a prime spot in his or her home in which to display this fine piece of Robert Rogan art.

Closeup photo of a Robert Rogan painting

Closeup photo of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Art Gallery
Closeup photo of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Art Gallery

Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting

Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting

Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Art Gallery
Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Art Gallery

The photos taken below as they were displayed in the William Reaves Art Gallery show an abstracted nude mingling amidst other works of Bob's. That voluptuous nude painting used to hang in the Rogan bedroom and Bob had told us that it was his abstracted interpretation of his beloved wife, Ann.

What an outstanding tribute to their love and long marriage that has surpassed the Golden Anniversary (50 years of marriage) some time ago!

Robert Rogan paintings hanging in the William Reaves Art Gallery

Robert Rogan paintings hanging in the William Reaves Art Gallery
Robert Rogan paintings hanging in the William Reaves Art Gallery
Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Art Gallery
Closeup of a Robert Rogan painting furnished by William Reaves Art Gallery

Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting | Source


Inspiration for Robert Rogan paintings has come from many everyday surrounding sources.

Beaumont, Texas has an active shipping industry and cranes hoisting supplies of all types on and off of ships is a commonplace activity.

Can you see that in this painting exhibited to the right? Notice the reflections in the water?

Or........do you see farm equipment during harvest time?

What do you see in the painting above?

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Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting | Source

Despite the fact that I am mostly a self taught artist, Bob's interest in what I have accomplished has always seemed genuine.

It is no wonder that his former students still enjoy visiting with him!

With so much of his life having been immersed in the field of art and with the many years devoted to teaching others about art, this is a subject and discussion that he relishes.

If we only lived closer, it would have been fun to have spent some time with him while he works in his home studio.

We saw a canvas in progress with a fairly realistic grouping of flowers that he intended to work towards making them more abstract in nature.

Watching him work would have been a priceless education in and of itself.

Hearing stories about some of the mediums he has utilized through the years was interesting. At one point automotive paints were used and created amazingly rich colors until it was discovered decades later that this type of paint could be toxic.

Obviously this medium was discontinued...but oh, the canvasses already painted were wonderful!


My husband and his uncle Bob (Robert Rogan)

My husband and his great uncle Bob petting our dog Reggie
My husband and his great uncle Bob petting our dog Reggie | Source

In my husband's early paper career, he used to travel from Houston to Beaumont and Port Arthur every two weeks making sales calls. He always made a point of stopping in to see and visit with his great aunt and uncle. They shared many a dinner together in the Rogan home. He fondly remembers those days!

As he got promoted and eventually ended up running a paper company, those travel days to that part of the world ended...but those memories will be relished forever.

While the visits may have been less frequent, the genuine affection remains strong.

The picture to the right shows Bob petting our dog Reggie in my mother-in-law's home in San Antonio.  My husband is standing next to Bob and the year was 1989.  He and his wife Ann had traveled from Beaumont to San Antonio for a visit, and we traveled from Houston in order to be able to see them and catch up on our visiting.

Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting
Robert Rogan painting | Source

Hopefully by seeing a few of Robert Rogan's art creations you have gained some insight into this gentleman's artistic genius.




While Bob has created different types of art using different mediums throughout his long and successful art career culminating in his long employment as head of the Art Department at Lamar University in Beaumont, the style of the majority of his paintings is most recognizable as being a distinctive Robert Rogan creation.




William Reaves Fine Arts represents his work and is located at 2143 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77098. Telephone: 713-521-7500 Website: www.reavesart.com




It has been my great honor and pleasure to have shed some extra light upon this noted and exceptional artist, professor, mentor and person that we know and love as not only a family member, but friend who encompasses all the qualities one would seek in such an individual were you fortunate enough to know him as we do.

Location of William Reaves Fine Art Gallery where Dr. Rogan's art can be found.

A marker2143 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77098 -
2143 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098, USA
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Robert Rogan painting

Robert Rogan painting hanging in our home.
Robert Rogan painting hanging in our home. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      That is interesting about the disc in that 2nd painting. I did not grow up on a farm so do not know much about farm equipment. It is interesting that even things like farm equipment can be made into art. Thanks for sharing the work of Robert Rogan with others. It was my pleasure to be able to feature so much of his work.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I recognized the disc in the second photo immediately. The one you have labeled 'farm equipment.' I don't know how much you know about farming, but having grown up on a farm, the disc was used to break up ground that had lain fallow for a long time and so it was not easy to break it up. First the disc a few times around and then the plow. The plow might not even be able to break the ground up if used first on a field that had not been worked in many years.

      I think it's interesting that one can turn an ordinary piece of equipment into a work of art. I like that idea. Glad I found this article of yours. I think it's fascinating. The wall of art is really amazing too.

      Pinning this to my 'Art & Interior Design' board, voted up and BAI, and sharing with followers.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello kerlund74,

      Happy to be able to share some of these wonderful paintings by Dr. Rogan with you. He enjoys abstracting his work.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Interesting art, I really like some of the more abstract ones. Thank you for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      You have a good eye in recognizing that retro look. Many of these paintings were done in the 1950s to 1960s. In fact, the gallery in Houston that is featuring some of Bob's work specializes in representing artist's work from that era. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm wondering when Bob created a lot of the art you're showing here. The abstract ones definitely have a retro feel about them. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mark,

      You could check with William Reeves Fine Art Gallery...the link is above...to see what the pricing is on that or perhaps other Dr. Robert Rogan lithographs that they might have in their possession. Bob will be pleased to know that you appreciated it! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kosmo,

      Glad that you got to see some of Robert Rogan's art in this hub and thanks for the comment. You certainly seem to know a lot about art and the different styles.

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      You certainly do a very good job of arranging the elements in your hubs! Anyway, I really like the work of Robert Rogan. He hasn't stuck with one particular style his whole career. Regarding such, I see many apparent influences in his work - Pollock, de Kooning, Matisse. On a related note, I wrote a story about my deceased friend, artist Arco Tung-Sol but, unfortunately, I couldn't photograph any of his "fine art," and the hub suffers because of it. You did a very good job of photographing Rogan's work. Kudos to you. Later!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky Dee,

      Glad you liked this artwork created by Robert Rogan. We are keeping him updated as to all the nice comments coming in like yours. Thanks!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very nice! Soothing work! Thanks again Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Yes, a painters' soul is often expressed via his canvasses or other forms of art. Bob Rogan will be happy to hear about your complimentary comment. Thanks!

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      He's a great artist, he mastery in art is just simply described by his wonderful creations..

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Glad to have been able to share Bob Rogan's paintings with you in this way. We love his art! We will have to get together for another visit soon. Hugs to you.

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      Cheryl 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the beautiful art work and history of your great uncle Bob. I love each of the paintings. I really felt connected to the painting of the lady on the bed relaxing and the quiteness of the doves. His artwork is very calming.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Seakay,

      That is the wonderful thing about original art. Everyone can make their choices and there is no right or wrong. Robert Rogan (our great uncle Bob) will be interested in this sharing of opinions as to which of his paintings are appreciated the most. I guess that is one reason why the one with the doves sold instantly. You have good taste! :-)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mardi,

      The painting with the doves was definitely my mother-in-law's favorite and we liked it also. I appreciate abstracted art more than I did when I was younger. The colors and symbolism in some of Robert Rogan's paintings is wonderful. Understanding what influenced them makes it even more interesting. Glad you are back and thanks for the comment.

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      Seakay 7 years ago from Florida

      These are incredible! Yes, I agree with Mardi .... the birds have it!

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      Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Wow Peggy these are beautiful.The one with the birds is my favorite. I have been away from Hubpages for awhile with work and this just reminds me what I am missing. All the best of luck in your next 200 hubs!!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sarovai,

      You are most welcome. Thanks for taking a look at Robert Rogan's art.

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      sarovai 7 years ago

      It is nice to hear about Robert Rogan. His modern art painting are self explanatory one. Thank u for sharing .

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello nifty@50,

      I would agree that Robert (Bob) Rogan's art has great color and symmetry. Thanks for the congratulations and comment.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your 200th hub! Robert Rogan's personality comes through in these paintings. He has a great sense of color and symmetry!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ramya241,

      I would agree with you that Robert Rogan is a great artist. Thanks for the comment!

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      ramya241 7 years ago

      Hi Peggy,

      Really a great artist..... seen all his painting... amazing... Thanks for posting such a nice Hub.... looking forward for more hubs like this...

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Martha Castillo,

      Thanks for leaving a comment and I am happy to have introduced Robert Rogan's art to you. The folks at City Hall are obviously enjoying your nephew's work! Congratulations to him!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello E M Smith,

      Yes, Robert Rogan has certainly developed a "great style" of his own. It was easy to recognize his paintings from the other 2 professor's works at the William Reaves Fine Arts gallery showing even if I had not been able to read the artist's names. As you said...simple but effective. Probably the hardest to effectively create. Thanks for viewing and leaving a comment.

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      Martha Castillo 7 years ago

      Wow what I different style........I also have a nephew who has had his work exhibited in City Hall a couple of times a year. This work is really awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Will go back to your link and see if it is still busy or if I can access it now. Am curious... Will tell Bob that "Robert Rogan, an exceptional Artist, Professor, Mentor and Person" has now been tweeted! Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mike Lickteig,

      We have undoubtedly all had instructors in the past (regardless of subject) that stood in front of us as their job but not for love of what they were doing. Not so in Dr. Robert Rogan's case! He loved teaching!

      Thanks for the wonderful and insightful comment above.

      Bob is still creating art but much more slowly. Hurricane Rita damaged their home and his dear wife has been ill thus diverting his efforts elsewhere. Hopefully those times spent in his studio bring him great pleasure. He deserves it!

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      E M Smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some of his work looks simplistic yet effective. He had great style

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Peggy I am sure people will appreciate his work it is unique and stands on it's own feet for followers of modern art. He just needs to get into the right galleries around Houston I think. I have tweeted the hub for you - I saw your reply about joining up :)

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Peggy, what a fabulous tribute you've made to someone who was clearly a tremendous talent. I was pleased to see that Mr. Rogan had some ties to my hometown of Lawrence and KU, as well as nearby Washburn University.

      The talent and skills of Mr. Rogan are apparent to everyone who sees this article. The use of color and bold lines is magnificent, and even the most mundane subjects (the two fish on the platter, for example) are amazing. I was particularly struck by your comment that Mr. Rogan was more interested in teaching.

      While I had many fine teachers and mentors along the way, I probably remember the poor teachers just as well--those painters who don't want to go it alone, and spend their careers in their campus studios while making brief appearances in their classroom to make a random and usually irrelevant comment before returning to their studio. As a student, I was forced to endure far too many disinterested instructors. It is nice to read about an artist who enjoyed teaching and wanted to help new talent develop. I hope the faculty at KU, Lamar University, Central Missouri State and his other stops recognized what a treasure they had in a talented man who truly wanted to teach.

      Thanks for this amazing hub. Mr. Rogan was an extremely skilled and talented painter. Voted up and beautiful.

      Mike

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billaustindillon,

      The idea of doing a hub about Bob's work has been simmering in my mind for some time. I just hope that people reading this get a small sense of just how wonderful this gentle giant of a man is to everyone around him and I hope that this hub does some justice to his abounding talent. Thanks for the ratings and comment.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I was wondering what would Peggy bring for her 200th hub. Wow she brought us a fantastic art hub and so much art appreciation. What a lovely story with your husband and Robert Rogan. There are some great stories there and it is nice see Mr. Rogan shared his love of art with students - no doubt that helped him with art also. I really enjoyed the art images also. Thanks fro sharing - I rated it awesome and beautiful :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Hello, hello,

      Thanks for the nice comment. Robert (Bob) Rogan will appreciate comments like yours! So happy that you got to see some of his marvelous works of art via the Internet.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Peggy, for introducing me to such a great artist and his paintngs. Thank you for this wonderful hub.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to have had Dr. Robert Rogan as an art teacher! As I said in the hub, my husband knows several former students who thought the world of him. Thanks for the speedy comment and I'll head on over to your Grant Wood hub.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Peggy W

      it must have been gratifying to have learned from someone like that."lithograph" caught my eye.Yes it evokes the plains or the mid-west. It put me in mind of Grant Wood in my History of American Towns Part viii Stone City, Iowa and Grant Wood.However I only have one of his paintings on there "American Gothic."