Dancing with Sea Lions


Frances Rogers

Project Name: Rhody

Embracing the Oregon Coast experience, artist Frances Rogers has woven together waves, water, bubbles and Florence’s signature bloom, the Rhododendron to create the Dancing With Sea Lions ambassador, Rhody. 

Like most artist, you could say art is Frances Roger’s thing.  An art major at Loyola Marymount, Rogers has taken master classes in sculpture (working in clay, wax, bronze, papier-mâché) along with traditional painting.  If that isn’t enough of a diversity she has painted children’s murals, designed advertising graphics, is a spinner and a weaver. 

To go along with her art, Rogers is also a published writer with print work in several specialized magazines including: The Artist Magazine and International Art Magazine.  Eighteen of her paintings and several glass pieces have been exhibited in Redding, California’s Art in Public Places.

So with all that clout when you ask Frances Rogers why she creates she’ll tell you, “Because it’s fun!”

The sea lion pup was pre-painted with a basecoat of Gesso.  Given a coast of number two light blue acrylic paint before Rogers added stripes, flowers, metal and acrylics coat Lasceoux varnish.  The final step was a baked on clear coat to protect Rhody from the Oregon Coast Elements.



Little Rhody the sea lion pup was born just this year, under the careful eye of artist Frances Rogers. She was the first sea lion to dance through Florence, telling everyone about Dancing with Sea Lions. Watch for her during Rhody Days – you never know where she might show up next showing off her pretty rhododendrons! 

Pssst – she really likes her picture taken with you!

Link to Dancing with Sea Lions Where Are They Now Map

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