By Sarah j Spurr
I’m looking into a portrait, a reflection of both animal and landscape. It’s large and jewel-shaped and my eyes travel 360 degrees to reveal a cycle of illustrative faces and facets. Begbie, Heron, Wolf, Ram and Owl superimposed on smooth wood grain and set squarely in the countertop centerpiece of her home.
I caught up with local artist Meagan Oxford to tour her studio space and the large portfolio of work gracing her walls. We talked about the source of her inspiration and dedication to actively produce art.
“There’s a universal desire for me to transfer my imagination onto a canvas. I love the process of making art, the challenge of moving around colour to create images out of nowhere”
Without explanation you can see strong influences found in music, kindred creatures and places of home. Her aesthetic explores vibrant melts of colour which give way to dreamlike imagery. She’s made an art out of creating realistic features in surreal arrangements.
Her work is the result of a freestyle approach to watercolour painting with details appearing in pen and ink, pencil crayon, conté and aerosol techniques using spraypaint or airbrush. What you see exudes imagination; each of her characters builds upon itself, taking turns into unexpected ways.
Tunes on, garage doors rolled up, her workspace is filled with fresh mountain air and light. “We all have our seasons to make, for me it’s summer”.
From her desk she looks out to the grand view of Mount Begbie and I can see how this local icon has begun slipping appearances in to her most recent work.
In addition to transforming blank paper and canvas, she rocks four delicate hand drawn tattoos of her own making across both legs. She says she’s motivated to represent herself by her own art even if it means taking a chance to learn new mediums.
This year Meagan has stepped forward with her craft and is one of the most recent showcasing members at Art First! Co-operative gallery.
You may recognize past works from beginnings as a staple instalment at The Cabin. She has been busy producing fresh original pieces and various custom commissions. Framed prints and wood transfers are also now available.
You can find Meagan when she’s minding shop at Art First! or while sampling her hip hop collection for one of the busiest week-nights out during the winter season at River City Pub.
For MO ART, inquiries or commissions contact Meagan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep updated on current and future collaborations/exhibitions: Like her facebook page “Meagan Oxford Art” or follow on Instagram @meagatron3030.
This story first appeared in the September issue of the Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.