The foundation of my art is drawing. I work with two mediums: tusche wash painted on pronto plates and oil pastels drawn on burlap. I’m attracted to these mediums for very different reasons.
When I feel energetic and explosive, nothing excites me more than working with tusche wash—typically a printmaking medium. I paint it directly onto pronto plates. Adding water to it gives my images a unique appearance like no watercourse I have ever seen. Using a dry tusche wash is like painting with confectioner’s sugar. It’s powdery and moody behaviors are almost too wild to tame. Heating the plate adheres the tusche wash resulting in my finished fine artwork. This medium creates the images I see in my mind with the emotional impact I feel when I draw.
I also 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 press hard overloading some areas while leaving other spaces untouched to intentionally expose the burlap.
My first experiences with art started as early as I could pick up a crayon. My mother was a teacher at my school, and we would arrive earlier than my classmates so she could prep her classroom. She gave me the opportunity to draw something new on the chalkboard each day. It was exciting and the images came to my mind naturally.
I have always known my pathway through life would involve art. It’s how I breathe, think, speak, work, play, and live. I want to share what I see in my mind with the world through my art.
“My mind is my sketchbook.”
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.
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.
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
Upcoming January 2021 Valkarie Gallery – Lakewood, CO
ART EVENTS & SHOWS
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
Singulart Online Gallery – Paris, France
Valkarie Gallery – Member’s Gallery – Lakewood, CO
R Gallery – Boulder, CO
ARTIST MEMBERSHIP & VOLUNTEER
2020-present R Gallery (Boulder, CO) – Member Artist
2020-present Valkarie Gallery (Lakewood, CO) – Resident Artist Member
2019-present Firehouse Art Center (Longmont, CO) – Artist Member
2019-present Boulder Art Association (Boulder, CO) – Artist Member
2018-present 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
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)