I am so happy to have been introduced to Megan's work! Her color palette and impressionist style waterscapes are stunning and I knew she would be a good fit to feature at Salt. Megan is is an artist and mother living in NYC. I wanted to learn more about how she got started and what other exciting things she has going on—which from following her Instagram—is a lot. I hope you enjoy learning more about Megan and are inspired by her work and life.
Tell us about Art X Megan! How did you get started?
I began about 10 years ago VERY part-time as I was also working full-time as a Spanish and Art teacher for high school students in DC, then MD. I have always made art my entire life, so it has always felt natural to have a drawing or painting project happening on the side. I went full-time 3 years ago and have LOVED the chance to follow my passion in a more intense way. I love running my own business and connecting with others who are passionate about art and following their dreams.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My typical day at the studio involves coffee and admin work, painting in the morning, shipping and processing orders and ideally chatting with my studio mates Whitney of @wegather and Betsy of @sylvanparknyc. But, that being said, I don’t really have a “typical” day because...motherhood.
How do you get inspired? Is there anything in particular that inspires your work and what you decide to paint each time you get ready to create?
I have the issue of having too many ideas at all times so sometimes that is overwhelming. I am inspired by reading a good book or taking a walk and observing things around me. Also, sometimes I just have to force myself to sit down and paint.
Usually something happens but it’s not always magic.
It’s a very mysterious life!
What has been your proudest moment since launching your business?
I try to celebrate all of the tiny victories but I have had some pretty amazing collaborations with companies like Brit and Co (I have an online painting class available here.) and I work with some amazing shops like Indigo Market Charleston, Oliver Dunn in Georgetown DC, YOU GUYS!, Viola’s Market in St. Simon’s Island, and some new shops and galleries coming soon.
Do you have any tips for building your community/following?
Share the work of others, promote people you admire, be “real”, and be kind. I have found that this is the secret sauce to being a force online, especially on @instagram.
Can you tell us a little bit about how you manage motherhood and entrepreneurship?
I drag my kid EVERYWHERE, seriously! But, I also think it’s totally ok for women to hire or ask for help when needed as they build small businesses because we shouldn’t have to “do it all”. I find that if I can get a few hours of uninterrupted time, I can accomplish so much!
With all that you are juggling, what has been the greatest struggle as an entrepreneur so far?
I wish I could hire an assistant to help with logistics, shipping and all of the behind-the-scenes admin that goes into running a business. Someday? YES!
You teach painting workshops online and in person. How did you decide to start offering these workshops and what do you enjoy most about it?
After I left teaching, I decided that I wasn’t done being a teacher. I love helping people try something new and teaching painting classes has been really rewarding in that way. I also find that painting can be a bit lonely, so I really crave interaction with real-life people 🙂
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring artists trying to sell their artwork, what would it be?
Go in person and meet people. I have found that even though so much of our lives are spent online nowadays, it’s still SO important to be a real person. I love meeting with shop owners and galleries in person and hosting events. I want people to meet the artist and see my work alongside my personality to have the complete picture.
Also, be patient. Building a following and a business takes time. Don’t quit.
I heard on a podcast once that it takes passion to start a business and obsession to not quit.
What’s next? Anything you are working on or goals you are working towards?
I’ll be savoring a new addition to our family this September and then hopefully with be traveling a little in early winter for a show at a new gallery! I would love to visit Mystic in Spring 2019 🙂