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Meet Rose Stacey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rose Stacey.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Rose. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am originally from a small town in Michigan. My high school class had 36 students total, and I was known as the artsy kid with two first names. I would go to school decked out in zombie makeup, or to the mall disguised as Paul Blart, Mall Cop. I grew up surrounded by lovely people (especially my parents), who encouraged me to be my most creative and weirdest self, without question. I was always doing a bit of everything – SFX makeup, fashion design, woodworking, etc., but most of all, I loved painting because it allowed me to create stories and to capture moments in an intrinsic way. I painted throughout college, and I moved to LA after graduation for a job in animation. I work with endlessly talented people every day, and seeing them pursue their passions inspires me to do the same with my own. Recently, in an effort to grow as an artist, I’ve been doing daily 2-hour mini-paintings. It has been a wonderful challenge for me to freely experiment with different subjects and mediums, and to learn from the process of painting without worrying about the final result.

Has it been a smooth road?
For me, the biggest challenge has been finding time to create and share my art outside of my busy work schedule. There have been oodles of early mornings and late nights, but it’s always worth it once I finish a piece I’m proud of!

We’d love to hear more about your artwork.
I paint portraits of people, pets, and occasionally landscapes. My job in animation deals with storytelling, so I like to implement that background into everything I make. I feel like I am most known for creating sentimental pieces that capture the personality of a specific person, pet, or place. I am often commissioned to create work for anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays, and I hope that my art makes people smile during those special moments.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
LA is a great place for artists! There are infinite opportunities for growth, and inspiration is everywhere. The talent pool can be daunting (everyone is so good!), but there is a huge network of supportive artists here, and I think people inherently appreciate it when someone puts time and energy into doing what they love. It’s never an easy task, but it’s always worthwhile!

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Image Credit:
Kyle Fukuto, Jess Herron, Raj Brueggemann

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