Meegan Boiros Fine Art
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sum up your creative process in one word/phrase, and explain why.
I’m creating with feeling and letting go of the confines of “skill”. This is a new attempt for me as an artist to express abstractly. To abandon the fear of the comment, “what is it?” I have always tried to paint a known, recognizable image. Always looking for the next attractive subject has evolved into turning inward toward myself and the experiences and feelings I can express.
Were you always an artist, even as a child? What was your path to becoming an artist?
I have painted almost all of my life. I identified myself as an artist when I was in kindergarten. The teacher asked each student to paint or draw an image of any kind of family we wanted. I pulled out a long piece from a huge roll of butcher paper. I painted a large image of 3 monkeys. Mom, dad, and baby. The teacher had to call my mom to let her know that although she thought I was quite talented, she couldn’t hang my work at the open house. My artistic depiction had the father and mother anatomically correct. They had their male and female parts. After that, throughout my life, I made sure to take every art class/lesson available. Being the fourth child of seven children didn’t allow for a lot of art attention, but I always created and made my own space unique.
What is your medium of choice and what drew you to this particular medium?
My first paintings were always in oil. I prefer oils because of their flexibility and depth of color and the ranges of manipulation. I am painting in acrylic now because of the fast drying time, but I want to see what finishing the painting in oils would render.
Is there any particular experience, person, place, or thing that inspires you to create? Tell us about that.
There are so many experiences and people who have inspired me. One of the most influential was Valery Kosorukov who I was lucky enough to find when living in New Orleans. I took private lessons from him and he would walk up to my canvas and put his fingers in the paint on my pallet and just touch here and there perfectly giving the painting the exact touch. This would make my jaw drop because it would really change the painting for the better. He would say in his Russian accent, “you know this thing, just do it.” Trust what you know. That comment gave me confidence.
What is it like showing your work to people and what do you hope people take away from it?
I show my old works (from maybe 10 years ago) and I get comments on my versatility and original composition. I have a range of subjects and some ask why this or that. I like painting and I don’t want to be limited to one subject. We are all complex. Art is an open subject and encompasses every aspect of our existence.
What did winning the Award for Excellence mean to you?
Winning the Award for Excellence was monumental to me. I had never won an award. I’m a little reclusive and had not entered in any contest or show. At the exhibit, I was admiring several artists and thought the edgy, young graffiti type artist would surely win. So, at the end of the show, I left for a minute to gather some things to come back to pack up and Rachel was there saying she was looking for me. I assumed that maybe I forgot to do something but she handed me the trophy! I was in shock, to be honest. I am not a competitive person and don’t do things to “win”. But that sure felt great and gave me the confidence to keep going. Rachel has given me and other artists the support that no one out there has ever done. I am truly grateful to her and the Conception Arts team.
What advice do you have for other artists who may be looking to get their work exhibited?
My advice to other artists is to keep going. Believe in yourself and believe in your judgment of your own work. Having some positive comments is great and selling your work is the best. But painting and creating is the most important. YOU be the judge of your work. If you feel something is missing or needs to be done in your painting, do it. Don’t let the painting control you, YOU control the painting. YOU are the boss. Never get discouraged! Everyone has something to offer in art.