Student creates art for all ages

Richard Martin, story writer

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Shelby Rogers first began drawing when she was little. Her grandparents would get her sketchbooks and pencils for Christmas. Starting with pencils, she’s now experimenting with acrylics to show a different view and perspective than she had with other media.

“If you mess up, anything is fixable. That’s what I like about it,” senior Rogers said.

Rogers draws when she finds something she feels like drawing, usually a cool picture such as anything to do with music or that comes to her mind at the time.  Music and other pieces of art take part in her motivation for drawing. She once did a watercolor of a homeless man that she and her sister love, but she said that her acrylic of Johnny Cash is better.

She  is the most proud of the Cash picture which she did for her “papa” or grandpa, who is a major fan. The movie “Walk the Line” helped her learn about Cash.

Rogers encourages others to watch the movie “Walk the Line” at least once, and not to worry, because both Johnny and June (Carter, Cash’s wife) approved of the actors before it was made, and it has many lessons about life and the right way to live.

“I also love his and June’s story because they were so in love.”

It took her a couple of weeks to finish Johnny Cash because she had to keep stopping to work on Student Council projects for Homecoming Rogers said.

“I wanted to do a painting of Johnny Cash anyways, but I was really happy that my grandpa asked for one because someone else would be able to enjoy him as much as me,” she said.

The art pieces were made because her Papa is a fan of oldies such as Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. She doesn’t know why she loves Johnny so much, she just loves his story and the songs and what they mean.

Her favorite songs by him are “Jackson,” “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Walk the Line,” and “The Long Black Veil.”