“Ensueño” Tusche Wash Painting In Progress 9/2019

The foundation of my art is drawing and painting. I primarily work with two mediums: repurposed burlap and tusche wash. 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. I also use burlap when I create monoprints. I cut, deconstruct, and reshape burlap pieces and then press them into inks on my custom-made gelatin plates. I enjoy creating my own way of mark-making and wish to explore this medium more and more each day.

“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.”

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.

2022 1st Place for Pastels in the Open Studios Plein Air Event
2021 Special Merit Award for 11th “Animals”Art Exhibition – Online Art Competition
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

January 2021 Valkarie Gallery – Lakewood, CO

2023 Valkarie Gallery – Feb. 8-Mar. 5 Paired Solo Art Exhibition with Jennifer Ghormley – Lakewood, CO
2022 931 Gallery – Oct .20-Nov. 20 Solo Art Exhibition “Tomorrow”- Denver, CO
2022 Open Studios Tour – Oct1-2, 15-16, Boulder, CO
2022 Southwest Print Fiesta – Printer’s Market, Saturday, Oct. 8, Silver City, NM
2022 Printed Matter #3 – The Railyard, Santa Fe, NM, by Tim Jag
2022 James May Gallery – Art of Water VI on Artsy.net – Juried Art Exhibition
2022 east window gallery – DISGUST: unhealthy practices, Curated by Todd Edward Herman – Boulder, CO
2022 Valkarie Gallery – March 2022 Art Exhibition with Dona Laurita – Lakewood, CO
2022 Open Studios Pop! Gallery – January 2022 Member’s Art Exhibition – Boulder, CO
2021 Pirate Contemporary Art – The Outsider Show – Lakewood, CO
2021 Pepney Gallery – Juried Art Exhibition “The Secret Garden” – Cavan, Ireland
2021 Core New Art Space Gallery – Juried Art Exhibition “Lost & Found”- Lakewood, CO
2021 931 Gallery – Juried Art Exhibition “Figure Sublime”- Denver, CO
2021 40 West Arts District – Member Showcase – Lakewood, CO
2021 M.A.D.S. Art Gallery – PARAÍSO– Juried Art Exhibition – Milan, Italy & Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
2021 11th “Animals”Art Exhibition – Online Art Competition
2021  NYC/NFT edition of the EVERY WOMAN BIENNIAL – Juried Art Exhibition – New York, NY
2021 James May Gallery – Art of Water V on Artsy.net – Juried Art Exhibition
2021 Valkarie Gallery – Solo Art Exhibition – Lakewood, CO
2020 Valkarie Gallery – Member’s Gallery – Lakewood, CO
2020 Firehouse Art Center – Locavore – Juried Art Exhibition – Longmont, CO
2019 40 West Arts District – Elements Exhibition – Juried Art Exhibition – Lakewood, CO
2019 R Gallery – Darkness – Juried Art Exhibition – Boulder, CO
2019 R Gallery – Boulder Art Association Wall – Juried Art Exhibition – Boulder, CO
2019 R Gallery – Lines – Juried Art Exhibition – Boulder, 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 Exhibition” – Juried Art Exhibition – Lakewood, CO
2016 Gallery 1505 – Group Exhibition – Denver, CO
2016 Downtown Aspen Art Festival – Juried Art Exhibition – Aspen, CO
2015 Art On The Rockies – Juried Art Exhibition – Edwards, CO
2015 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Juried Art Exhibition – Denver, CO
2014 Downtown Boulder Fall Festival Art Exhibition – Juried Art Exhibition – Boulder, CO
2014 ArtCrank – Juried Art Exhibition – Breckenridge, CO
2014 Denver Art Festival @ Sloan’s Lake – Juried Art Exhibition – Denver, CO
2014 ArtStir  – Juried Art Exhibition – Denver, CO
2013 ArtCrank – Juried Art Exhibition – Denver, CO
2012 Park City Kimball Arts Festival – Juried Art Exhibition – Park City, UT

Valkarie Gallery – Member’s Gallery – Lakewood, CO https://www.valkariefineart.com/
Open Studios – Member’s Gallery – Boulder, CO https://www.openstudios.org/

2020-present Valkarie Gallery (Lakewood, CO) – Resident Artist Member
2019-present Firehouse Art Center (Longmont, CO) – Artist Member
2020-2021 R Gallery (Boulder, CO) – Member Artist
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

July 2022 – Seren Vintage Watch Gallery – Printed Matter Festival Review
July 2022 – Southwest Contemporary – Printed Matter Event
March 2022 – Westword – Art Attack – Susan Froyd
January 2021 – Westword – Art Attack – Susan Froyd
July 2021 – M.A.D.S. Art Gallery – PARAÍSO
January 2020 – Westword – Art Attack – Susan Froyd
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)


Megan Morgan