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Meet Meagan ‘Magpie’ Rodgers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meagan ‘Magpie’ Rodgers.

Hi Meagan, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’m a painter and graphite artist originally from Riverside, CA. I moved to Chattanooga, TN with family and my now-husband a few years ago after visiting on a road trip and loving it here.

I’ve always loved creating art, and always knew I wanted to be some kind of “artist” when I grew up. Some of my earliest memories are of drawing with my brother and creating toys, clothes, and sculptures out of whatever I could find around the house.

I took a few art classes in high school and at a community college that further piqued my interest in art and strengthened my abilities. Today, you can find my work in galleries around the US and Australia.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Navigating my way in the art world has been difficult without formal art schooling, and since moving away from previous connections to start over across the country.

The internet/social media has made it possible for me to stay connected and form new connections wherever I am though.

The most recent and ongoing challenge in my art career has been finding the time to create as a new mom, but it’s been so worth it. I’m trying to be more intentional with my time now and to be ok with asking for help when needed.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
In my work, I try to capture non-material concepts such as paranormal entities and emotions, mostly those brought on or exaggerated by bipolar disorder and depression.

So naturally, my work is mostly dark in essence. I’d like to think a lot of things set my work apart from others, but I’d say the biggest defining characteristic would be the lack of jaw on my subjects. The missing jaw was originally a style choice, but I now feel it accurately reflects the reserved person that I am, and how I have an easier time expressing myself through art than verbally.

Although there is a lot of meaning behind what I paint and draw, it makes me happy that it can be received and interpreted differently by whoever views it.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Being an Artist is a huge part of me, but it isn’t the only thing that defines who I am. This may be more obvious to others, but it’s something I struggle to remember.

I am still whole, even when I am not creating as much as I would like.

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