I notice I get a lot of the same questions about my art, so here’s a round up of my answers!…
How long did that take you?
A lot of my art is very intricate, and it’s those pieces people wonder about. While an abstract painting is usually done within a week, work for my Star Dust Collection, Illuminated Portraiture, and Labyrinth Series take much, much longer. The most I’ve spent on a painting was about two months. Some artists keep track of their hours, but since I price by the square-inch and level of intricacy, I don’t keep track.
How do you get those fine lines?
This question is always about my Illuminated Portraiture and Labyrinth Collections, and the answer is…. paint pens! Specifically, I use DecoColor extra fine, medium, and fine paint pens to achieve that very fine line quality.
Did you go to art school?
I sure did! It’s not for everyone, but I am passionate about art, and I wanted to be authorized to teach graduate level art classes. I earned my Masters in Fine Art from the oldest art school in America – the San Francisco Art Institute.
What kind of art do you make?
I get this question from people who know I’m an artist, but haven’t yet seen my work. It’s my least favorite question because it’s hard to describe! But to boil it down, I usually say something like ‘I paint moments of enlightenment.’
How much is that?
How long have you been making art?
I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember! Don’t all children make art? Well, I never stopped…
What galleries have you shown in?
In San Francisco, I’ve shown at 111 Minna, The Black Faun Gallery, 108 Gallery, Tribe 13 Gallery, Madrone Studios, 1:AM Gallery, Club 6, Swell Gallery, Edifice Gallery, and The Family Tree… plus other venues like The Omni Hotel, Li-Po Lounge, Fort Mason, Double Vision, Evergreen State College, Elevation 66, and more!
What’s your inspiration?
Enlightenment, mystics, shamans, fashion illustration, 12th century Persian poet Rumi, dress and ornamentation, Phish, religious iconography, Celtic knots, illuminated manuscripts, Jungian archetypes, and mythological traditions.
How do you stay so productive?
When I finished grad school, I decided I wanted to create a prolific practice. I designed several techniques, exercises, and methods to keep my creative output constant. I go very deeply into exactly how to do this in my upcoming workshop! Artists can learn more right here.
What’s the best way to follow your art?
I’m always happy to answer more questions! Just post below in the comments and I’ll get right back to you!
♥ ~ Meghan Oona