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Jan 20, 2012

Sketching; An exhibit inside the Belisle Gallery

Are you the kind of person that can’t help scratching on a piece of paper whenever you have a pen in your hand? Well some of the greatest inventions and some of the greatest artists were discovered by accident. But the talent honed by a Cayo resident may have started with doodling on a napkin, but she is now an artist. News Five’s Andrea Polanco took her notepad and pencil to meet the artist who has sketched her way into the rotunda of the Belisle Art Gallery.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Twenty-one year old, Stacey Rodriguez of San Ignacio, brings a social dimension to sketching, with her distinctive pieces on exhibition at the Belisle Art Gallery at the Bliss.

Stacy Rodriguez, Sketch Artist

Stacy Rodriguez

“Sketching my way is pencil drawings that I have up here; some are colored pencils. But more than the sketches, it is about people finding their way through life. Apart from having my pieces out here, it is about awareness for Mary Open Doors, a domestic violence shelter in the Cayo District.”

Since the self-taught artist began etching a new identity on paper in 2008, Rodriguez says she has found inspiration in her surroundings:

Stacy Rodriguez

“What inspires me is everyday experiences, people, moments in life.”

Andrea Polanco

“How long have you been doing this?”

Stacy Rodriguez

“Since 2008.”

Andrea Polanco

“How did you get started?”

Stacy Rodriguez

“I just did it one day. I was looking at a magazine and I decided to draw one of the faces. That one actually is the very first.”

Rodriguez sketches on themes including music and fashion using pencils. Her favorite piece is this tiger:

Stacy Rodriguez

“My favorite, yes. That piece is the tiger which is on my invitation which is an auction piece to be sold for charity—that’s my favorite piece.”

Andrea Polanco

“Typically, how long does it take to complete a sketch?”

Stacy Rodriguez

“Typically, it only takes about two hours, but the tiger specifically took eight hours because it was my first try at an animal.”

Andrea Polanco

“So when you go out and want to get a sketch done, do you sketch from a drawing, bring in a person; have them sit there and you sketch? How do you go about doing it?”

Stacy Rodriguez

“Sometimes it is from imagination—like I just think about something and draw it, but mostly from pictures.”

The exhibition will run up until the end of February. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

Rodriguez’s debut was sponsored by Mary Open Doors, The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Toucan Education Program with the collaboration of the Bliss.

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