“Ensueño” Tusche Wash Painting In Progress 9/2019

ARTIST STATEMENT
The foundation of my art is drawing and painting. I work with two mediums: oil pastels drawn on repurposed coffee bag burlap and tusche wash painted on pronto plates. When I’m up for a formidable challenge, I draw on burlap with oil pastels to create richly textured drawings. I hand stretch repurposed coffee bags over wooden frames. I love drawing on the knobbly surfaces of the burlap — a strenuously time-consuming adventure. It takes hundreds of oil pastel layers to fill each nook and cranny. I overload some areas while leaving other spaces untouched, intentionally exposing the burlap.

“Red Onions at Isabelle Farm” is my largest undertaking, originating from a trip to a local farm. I enjoy shopping at Isabelle Farm to see their beautifully arranged organic produce. A sunlight beam cast through the barn window illuminating a yellow wire basket of red onions. I knew I had to draw this scene to capture the colors. It was an epic two-year creative journey to master this piece.

When I feel emotional, energetic, or explosive, nothing excites me more than working with tusche wash — typically a printmaking medium. Water gives my images a unique appearance like no brushstroke I have seen. In contrast, dry tusche wash is like painting with confectioner’s sugar: it’s powdery and moody behaviors are almost too wild to tame. In my tusche wash paintings I create images of animals and nature that symbolically represent my emotions.

In “Lanzamiento,” I painted a swan representing the Spanish word for release. The graceful swan floats above its colorful and murky reflection, knowing it can launch into flight when ready. I emotionally focus on the meaning of a word to “work” on myself. What can I learn to let go? I find creating these artworks to be therapeutic.

My collection of artworks showcase my use of unconventional art materials to explore my interests and emotions. My tusche wash paintings motivate and encourage me to brush up on my own personal mastery while my oil pastel art reminds me to slow down, enjoy the ride, and capture our current Colorado.

“My mind is my sketchbook.”

ARTIST BIO
Megan is a fine artist and graphic designer living in Louisville, Colorado. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Megan moved to Fort Collins, Colorado with her family in 1986. Megan graduated from Colorado State University in 1995 with a B.F.A. in Fine Art – Graphic Design. Megan worked as a junior designer at the prestigious Monigle Associates agency in Denver, CO before moving to Steamboat Springs in 1998 to fulfill a lifelong dream of rocky mountain living.  Megan opened Strange Bird Designs as her small graphic design studio in 1999 working with many clients within the Steamboat Springs resort community. Megan returned to Colorado’s front range in 2012, where she owns & operates Strange Bird Designs together with her husband, Jamie, now based in Louisville, Colorado.

COMMISSION ART
I enjoy creating original custom pieces. If you have an image that you would like me to create, please contact me to discuss additional details & concepts.

AWARDS
2018 Award of Excellence for “Subterranean” – 40 West Arts – Black, White & Metal, juried art show
2015 Best of Show for “Meet Me at the Market” – Spring Louisville Art Association Member Show
2014 3rd Place for “Tiny Dancers” – Fall Louisville Art Association Member Show

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
January 2021 Valkarie Gallery – Lakewood, CO

ART EVENTS & SHOWS
2021 James May Gallery – Art of Water V on Artsy.net – Juried Art Show – Algoma, WI
2021 Valkarie Gallery – Solo Art Exhibition – Lakewood, CO
2020 Valkarie Gallery – Member’s Gallery – Lakewood, CO
2020 Firehouse Art Center – Locavore – Juried Art Show – Longmont, CO
2019 40 West Arts District – Elements Exhibition – Juried Art Show – Lakewood, CO
2019 R Gallery – Darkness – Juried Art Show – Boulder, CO
2019 R Gallery – Boulder Art Association Wall – Juried Art Show – Boulder, CO
2019 R Gallery – Lines – Juried Art Show – Boulder, CO
2019 Creative Framing Gallery – Group Exhibition -4 Artists – Louisville, CO
2019 RiNo Spring Bazaar – Group Exhibition – Denver, CO
2019 40 West Arts District – Member Showcase – Lakewood, CO
2018 40 West Arts “Black, White, & Metal Art Show” – Juried Art Show – Lakewood, CO
2017 Creative Framing Gallery – Group Exhibition -4 Artists – Louisville, CO
2016 Gallery 1505 – Group Exhibition – Denver, CO
2016 Downtown Aspen Art Festival – Juried Art Show – Aspen, CO
2015 Art On The Rockies – Juried Art Show – Edwards, CO
2015 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Juried Art Show – Denver, CO
2014 Downtown Boulder Fall Festival Art Show – Juried Art Show – Boulder, CO
2014 ArtCrank -Juried Art Show – Breckenridge, CO
2014 Denver Art Festival @ Sloan’s Lake – Juried Art Show – Denver, CO
2014 ArtStir  – Juried Art Show – Denver, CO
2013 ArtCrank – Juried Art Show – Denver, CO
2012 Park City Kimball Arts Festival – Juried Art Show – Park City, UT

ART GALLERIES
Singulart Online Gallery – Paris, France https://www.singulart.com/en/artist/megan-morgan-17933?campaign_id=1049
Valkarie Gallery – Member’s Gallery – Lakewood, CO https://www.valkariefineart.com/
R Gallery – Boulder, CO https://rgallery.art/

ARTIST MEMBERSHIP & VOLUNTEER
2020-present Valkarie Gallery (Lakewood, CO) – Resident Artist Member
2020-2021 R Gallery (Boulder, CO) – Member Artist
2019-present Firehouse Art Center (Longmont, CO) – Artist Member
2019-2021 Boulder Art Association (Boulder, CO) – Artist Member
2018-2020 40 West Arts District (Lakewood, CO) – Artist Member
2017-2019 Louisville Art District (Louisville, CO) – Volunteer/Graphic Design
2014-2018 Louisville Art Association (Louisville, CO) – Artist Member

REVIEWS
January 2020 – Show @ Firehouse Art Center (Longmont, CO)
May 2019 – Show @ Creative Framing & Gallery (Louisville, CO)
March 2018 – Show @ Alfalfa’s Market (Boulder, CO)
September 2015 – Downtown Boulder Fall Festival (Boulder, CO)
September 2014 – Downtown Boulder’s Fall Festival (Boulder, CO)
May 2013 – Ben Delaney @ Bike Radar (Boulder, CO)
August 2012 – Printmaking @ Park City Art Festival (Park City, UT)
November 2010 – Show @ Spill The Beans (Steamboat Springs, CO)
December 2009 – Coloring Book Launch @ Epilogue Book Co (Steamboat Springs, CO)

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Megan Morgan

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