Finding comfort through art: Local artist reveals unique creations

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Self-taught artist Alan Rogerson is a unique talent. (Source: 3TV) Self-taught artist Alan Rogerson is a unique talent. (Source: 3TV)
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"This is all authentically replicated from some of the most famous pre-Columbian art," Rogerson said. (Source: 3TV) "This is all authentically replicated from some of the most famous pre-Columbian art," Rogerson said. (Source: 3TV)
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

We were intrigued when we saw his video on YouTube. There were paintings covering every wall, towering sculptures with incredible detail and unique carvings of angels, to name a few. Even the bathroom appeared to be etched entirely of stone, even the "throne." We knew we had to track down the creator and get his story.

The artist behind it all is Phoenix resident Alan Rogerson.

"I am living my earliest childhood dreams," he said.

It seems any surface Rogerson can get his hands on, he'll turn into art. It's all he needs to be creative.

Many of his pieces, you would think you'd find inside a high-end gallery, but instead they reside inside his humble home. He says he uses a simple epoxy to achieve some of his masterpieces, but really, there's nothing simple about his artwork.

"This is all authentically replicated from some of the most famous pre-Columbian art," Rogerson said of his bathroom door as he gave us the tour.

And, inside one of his walls, he reveals a secret hiding place that with the push of a button, a treasure appears.

"It's the first artifact Indiana Jones went after," he jokes.

His sense of humor has served him well, as there are intricate hidden details everywhere, some projects taking years to complete. One of his most prominent pieces is a carved genie in his living room that took seven years to make. His life-size angel, which was modeled after his daughter, took a whopping 14 years to perfect.

"If I come up with an idea and it's midnight, I can't stop myself, I don't want to," Rogerson said. "I have this desire to make something that could uplift and inspire people and touch their hearts."

Rogerson is self-taught and clearly gifted. Whether he's designing custom jewelry, painting, carving or sculpting, creating art is undoubtedly his passion. It's his outlet and the way he finds comfort.

"I spent dozens of weeks in the hospital,"Rogerson said. "I dwelled on suicide for years. I really wanted to die, and I felt hopeless and helpless."

Rogerson struggled with debilitating asthma and depression for years, but thanks to family, mentors and art, he says he's learned to be grateful.

"As soon as I changed my attitude and opened my heart, everything changed," he explained. "Without that [experience], I wouldn't [have] realized how bad people can actually feel, so this taught me about compassion. I'm still asthmatic, but instead of wanting do die, I'm just filled with gratitude."

Some of Rogerson's work can be found in a few shops around the Valley. But Rogerson is modest. As his collection at home grows, he considers himself to be a "closet artist." His hope is that this story will be his coming out, so to speak.

Click here to view Rogerson's YouTube video

Click here to email Rogerson.

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