Take 5 with Alicia Rogerson
Alicia Rogerson, is a figurative artist working from her Western Australian home studio. Her illustrations invite you in, they are contemporary, bright and full of whimsy. She has been making art for over 10 years and has had the experience of working with Dolly Magazine, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Sony/BMG and Penguin Randomhouse.
Take 5 with Alicia Rogerson:
Name and Art Style ~ Alicia Rogerson, whimsical figurative artist and illustrator.
Hometown ~ Chittering, Western Australia.
Current residence ~ Bridgetown, Western Australia.
Website ~ www.aliciarogerson.com
Instagram ~ @alicia_rogerson_art
What inspires you? ~ Lowbrown/pop surreal art, fantasy, my childhood and books.
Favourite medium/tool/program? ~ Acrylic paint, it’s my go to every time.
Last book you read? ~ The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson - it is quite an inspiring read and reminder to have a balance in life.
What does success mean to you? ~ Producing work that is “true” to me and that I am comfortable with; able to meet deadlines and be able to achieve the goals that I set for myself.
First artwork you sold and when? ~ May 2007 online through my Etsy shop. It was a portrait illustration drawn on patterned scrapbooking paper.
Netflix or Stan? ~ Netflix.
MAC or PC? ~ Mac.
Extrovert or Introvert? ~ Introvert.
Dogs or Cats? ~ Dogs.
Radio or Spotify? ~ Spotify (and thank goodness as we don’t get radio reception).
One self-care tip? ~ 30 minutes of exercise a day first thing in the morning to fire up the positive energies.
Do you collect anything? ~ Everything - shells, vintage things, driftwood, books.
Best quote you've heard recently? ~ Just to be true to yourself.
Last thing that made you laugh out loud? ~ My children and the funny things they say.
What was the last big risk you took that created opportunities you didn't expect? ~ Restarting my business after a 2-3 year break and being brave enough to put my artwork back out into the world.
How do you define your journey so far? ~ Full of twists and turns my journey has been one that involves self exploration, confidence and acceptance. Creating and selling my artwork has taught me to be brave, challenge myself but also to be mindful. Looking back I can see how my life connects directly with my art and experiences at the time as well as see that the work I create is an extension of myself. It is quite daunting but inspiring to see how it has changed over time.
What's next? ~ I’m working on numerous portrait commissions and a giant wildflower painting. After the christmas break I will focus on some new kitchen product ranges and hand painted original artwork. I will be working on a new body of work that pushes me right out of my comfort zone for a solo exhibition in June. At this stage the work will explore the theme of disappearing and endangered Western Australian wildlife. I’ll also be exploring restocking my products into shops and going back to do a few markets so that I can continue engaging with people face to face. It brings a new dimension to creating art when you get direct feedback.