How I Became an Artist: A Journey

On the auspicious day of 7.7.77, I was born into a loving family in the Heartland. Blessed with a sense of magic early on, I made art since I could hold a crayon.

A taste for adventure called me to Europe as a teen, and I drank up the culture. In America, I followed music and my bliss around the lower 48 states. A bohemian need for freedom became a major inspiration.

prada, madrid, spain, travel, adventure
at Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1994

Following my dreams of enchanted forests to the West Coast, I graduated from Evergreen State College in 2001 with my BA in Interdisciplinary Art.

i went to school in olympia, courtney love, nirvana, evergreen, washington state
Olympia, WA, 2001

Soon after, I left my town, boyfriend, business, and friends. I was searching, but for what? I moved to a yoga retreat center in the middle of the desert an hour outside of San Diego. My version of 40 days in the desert, but for a whole year. I spent my time meditating, being of service, and reflecting. What’s our true nature? What is true love? How can I be a strong, independent woman? What is my purpose?

spiritual sabbatical in the desert
spiritual sabbatical in the desert, 2003

(Meghan Oona Trivia: during one retreat we had to “find the name of our inner child.” I determined mine was the same name I gave my beloved wolf dog – Oona! – so I went by Oona for the rest of the year, and now use it as my artist name).

On my 27th birthday, still unclear, I cried to my mom on the phone, who always emphasized the importance of art and culture. I decided to go to grad school. Here was the fork in my road. Business School or Art School? I listened deeply to myself, found my inner guru, and I chose Art.

everything comes clear, prada, madrid, spain, travel, adventure, boho artists, boho 90s grunge, grunge 90s girls, grunge artists, boho artists girls, boho art girl
everything comes clear

I never wanted to be an artist. I already WAS an artist, and embracing it allowed me to fully accept myself. It was a journey to get there, but I came full circle. I was there all along.

sf, golden gate bridge, sfai
the golden gate

Within 3 months I enrolled at the oldest art school in the country — The San Francisco Art Institute. I wanted to unpack everything I’d learned in the desert and share it with the world. I earned my MFA in 2007 and became a professional artist.

meghan oona clifford art shows
in the studio and at shows

Becoming an artist allowed me to finally focus on sharing my vision, to honor those moments of inspired awareness, and to celebrate deep belief in humanity’s potential for enlightenment.

meghan oona clifford art shows
at a show and in the studio

 

Thanks for taking a peek into my journey!

♥ ~ Meghan Oona

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