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Reston Artist Takes a Leap of Faith By Making His Passion a Full-Time Job
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Reston Artist Takes a Leap of Faith By Making His Passion a Full-Time Job

A Super NoVA is a person with a unique talent or business that makes them stand out in the crowd of Northern Virginia. Rodger Schultz of Reston is this week’s Super NoVA. He is recognized for his artistic talent and for living out his dream as a full-time painter.

Schultz, who majored in graphic design, quit his full-time job at AOL two years ago when he decided to focus on what he loves most: painting. What started off as studio nights on the weekends, turned into daily painting sessions from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on a consistent basis.

While impressionism is his favorite style, his work is all across the board including contemporary, modern, sketches, and my personal favorite, JPOP or “Jackson Pollock on Prozac.

“Making me paint the same way everyday would be the same thing as making a vegetarian suck ground beef out of a straw,” laughed Schultz.

Schultz has not limited his artistic abilities to paintings; he has tried just about everything, including sculpture and photography. Some of his favorite photographs are of his 13-year old son, Kaleb, who hopes to someday be an architect.

Schultz has enjoyed seeing his business grow and his artwork become increasingly popular. For instance, Nicole Richie owns his piece Dorthy and he recently had to ship a painting to a lady in Belgium who found him through his Facebook fan page. He looks forward to taking his business ‘all the way.’

“Take Picasso and multiply that by 100,” said Schultz.

Look out for more Super NoVAs every Wednesday afternoon going forward. Email escott@wusa9.com if you want to nominate yourself, or someone you know that deserves to be recognized as a Super NoVA.

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