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exhibition

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Rogers

Morgan

UNITED STATES

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“I concentrate on portraits that represent different human experiences, sensations, and reactions.”

Morgan Rogers began exploring art at thirteen years old, initially taking interest in hyper realistic artworks that she had discovered both online and within art shows. As a teenager, her budding interest for creating expanded into a constant desire to explore and experiment with a range of mediums.

My oil painting represents the negative ways we react to things, what we choose to focus on, and how doing so determines the way our lives appear. The way we view things, what we think and care about—they are all affected, warped, or lost. Whether we focus too much on what people say and think, or decide something is bad or good, it is unintentionally because of our own thoughts. In the same way that we have power to be negative, we have the same power to be positive, content, and hopeful.

Running home from school and going straight to her desk to grab her colored pencils, it was no surprise to see how quickly her skills developed into those of a mature artist. She taught herself by simply practicing for hours at a time, working from pictures and other artworks and attempting to copy their details.

Hopeless

Oil

$600

Struggling with depression since I was a child, this painting shows my lowest points—when I believed things couldn't get better.

She especially took an interest in nature, eyes, lips, and animals; many of her drawings included these subjects. Around this time, she created an Instagram to display her growing skills, which shortly amassed over fifty thousand followers.

“I began to spend up to sixty hours a week drawing, eager to teach myself as many techniques as possible.”

Morgan eventually decided to step away from drawing and teach herself a new medium, which led to a sudden transition into a world of oil painting. Now specializing in oil paintings, Morgan made a slow progression from simple portraits to ones that conveyed more emotion.

“Morgan primarily uses her artwork as a way to articulate her personal struggles.”

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She slowly taught herself how to be less careful with her tools, and to incorporate expressive mark making. Developing as a self-taught artist over the years, she now strives to mix hyper-realistic details, expressive paint strokes, and strategic spacing to create a dynamic work that carries a deep sense of emotion.