WORDS: JO COSGROVE
With a vibrant style full of life, and a vibrant personality to match, artist Rosey Jones fell in love with art from a young age. When asked about her earliest memories of creativity, she said she’s been drawing “ever since I knew how to hold a pencil.”
“My interest in photography probably started around the age of 12,” she continued. “I started taking realistic drawing classes around that age too.”
Jones finds her emotions are brought out through music, and the strong impact it can have on the heart and the head. She finds that one medium of art leads to another.
“Music is probably the main thing that makes me feel things,” she admitted. “When I’m feeling a certain way, I usually also feel the need to express those feelings in one way or another.”
The expression is Jones’ own sketches and drawings. Forming a visual representation of her own thoughts and feelings from certain bands, songs, and even specific lyrics, she is inspired by the connection between herself and the music.
“The thought of permanently drawing something on someone is really cool, but the thought of not being able to use an eraser when I make a mistake is a little less cool”.
When asked about being inspired by lyrical content, Jones was more than happy to share the acts that have inspired her: “Citizen, Turnover, Seahaven, Neck Deep…Just any band that has songs that I somehow connect to influenced me in one way or another.”
Art is all about changing and adapting to one’s own personality and its shifts over time. The art of Rosey Jones has definitely been a story of change and of finding inspiration around every corner. She’s accounted the changes in her drawing to the evolution of her life, especially her taste in music: “My drawing has changed a lot over the past 15 years, I used to love realistic stuff and what I’m doing now is kind of the opposite….It’s also just being surrounded by so many people with tattoos that light a little spark in me, making me want to draw things in that particular style.”
That’s one thought that’ll come to mind upon laying eyes on Jones’ art style: these would make for some beautiful body art. Influenced by traditional and neo-traditional styles, Jones has had the tattoo artist job role in mind… “I have been thinking about it but at the same time I really enjoy what I’m doing now too…The thought of permanently drawing something on someone is really cool, but the thought of not being able to use an eraser when I make a mistake is a little less cool.”
“I see so many girls out there killing it, as well as guys, and people lifting each other up rather than tearing each other down”.
Jones right now is living the life with being involved in some exciting collaborations, including with the worldwide brand Vans. It’s more a passion project than work, as she’s always been a big fan of the company.
“I think my love for the brand is just very hard to not notice when you look at my Instagram,” she laughs. “I think my love for them and their love for art is just a match made in heaven.”
One of the highlights of Jones’ Vans collaboration is how the focus was on female artists. In the art world, sexism can still be found in all corners, but there is improvement. “I think with photography in the music industry, it’s a way bigger issue than it is in the illustration world, but there’s definitely a lot of progress being made lately.”
With making the industries fairer and easier to work within for all genders, Jones believes there’s a movement happening “as we speak”. “I see so many girls out there killing it, as well as guys, and people lifting each other up rather than tearing each other down….I feel like we’ve come a long way already, though there’s always room for improvement – people should just keep on using common sense.”
Seeing the world at its best and brightest is the Rosey Jones way. When asked about if being a creative person alters how she sees the world, she finds it inspiring.
“To me, the whole world is just super inspirational…That definitely works in my favour when it comes to creating either drawings or taking photos.”
All this work and all the collaborations, dreams come true to many young artists from around the globe, Jones still has her own goals on who she wishes to collaborate with. When asked about her dream collaborator… “Probably Brian Molko…taking his portrait has been one of my goals since I discovered Placebo 13 years ago….He as a person is just so intriguing and charismatic, I’d love to somehow be able to capture that one day. One can dream, right?”
Well, every achievement began as a dream – and dreams can come true with a little Rosey Jones magic.