The art of Arkansas City artist Joeni Rogers will be featured in a special exhibit at Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, through April and May. Gallery members will host a reception for her Friday, April 14th from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Born in Alberta, Canada, Rogers moved as an infant to Winfield where she spent her childhood. She recalls her first art project just before she turned three when she sketched a waterfall on a freshly painted wall in her house. “I was very fortunate to have a mother with such a gentle soul. She saw accomplishment where others might see inconvenience.”
Rogers recalls hours spent drawing in solitude during her school years. She started practicing by recreating the work of other artists, but eventually began to create her own images. She credits her studies at Cowley College, under the instruction of Mike Fell and Mark Flickinger, with opening her awareness of self-expression and helping her complete satisfying works of art. “To this day,” Rogers said, “everything they taught and helped me understand comes to mind as I sit down to create a piece.”
Rogers has always been fascinated with the human face and facial animation, “the life force of a person,” she explained. Finding the life force of a subject is how she puts soul into her work. She particularly recalls an assignment given by her instructor Fell. “He asked us to make an external or internal self-portrait. It was impossible for me to choose so I melded the two into one.” In this exercise, her artistic style took a leap forward. Her unique portraits are her portrayal of complex human emotions.
Rogers’ recent series of drawings and paintings featuring mechanical birds is included in her exhibit at Gallery 1001. She calls the series “Time Flies.” Her images are available in the original artwork, as well as prints and coloring books, giving art enthusiasts a full range of choice in her available “Enlightened Portraits.”
“The addition of bird features provide a sense of character and purpose to a face. Inspiration for these works emanates from the need to understand and empathize, to perceive people from the inside out.”
In addition to her creative set of Enlightened Portraits, Rogers accepts commissions to create portraits for clients.
Joeni Rogers lives in Arkansas City with her husband and two young children. Her work will be on display at Gallery 1001 through April and May. Stop by to meet this talented young artist April 14, enter the raffle to win a custom portrait by her and see what else she has to offer.
We can look forward to many more years of her unique portraits. “As long as people are beautifully different I will continue to be inspired,” she said.