My journey as an artist began pretty much the moment my parents put a pencil in my hands. I was born in Miami and moved to West Palm as a young girl. Working mostly with faces and human forms, I started creating commission pieces for friends and family when I was a teen.
I moved to North Carolina in high school, and I started to get really serious about my style and craft – dabbling into different medias like photography, sculpture and painting. The community in NC was incredibly supportive of the arts. I rented my first studio space in an Atelier and enjoyed doing shows and collaborating regularly.
When I was 21, I moved back to Florida and began putting my creative energy into a business dedicated to animals and during that time, I also got married and started a family. There were about 7 years where I created in various ways like interior design, styling, blogging and cooking but my closest friends and family constantly asked the question: “When are you getting back to your art?”
It wasn’t until 2016, when I experienced the gift of some major life changes, which led me back to creating full time and really making a career out of it. At 33, I feel that I’ve learned a lot about work ethic, responsibility and patience – all of which make me a better, more resilient and productive artist. I’m currently showing in a gallery in Jupiter called Artlantic Fine Art, and working on large-scale ocean water themed paintings.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan James.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve experienced some pretty common struggles with creativity, like the concept of time limitations and even doubting my own potential. Over time, I’ve been able to strengthen myself as an artist by pushing through the discomfort of trial and error, learning better work strategies, and listening to my creative and instinctual intuition.
For me, being an artist comes down to believing in my creativity and being responsible with my energy, knowing how to work and honoring my needs as a creative person – which include being in a place of learning, allowing myself to explore and have new experiences just for the sake of filling my heart with new connections which ultimately lead to creativity.
In my experience, most limitations are perceived blockages that can actually be moved aside with some awareness and good work! I’ve had to build up my creative trust muscles, by trying new things and really trusting the process. The work I was doing a year ago, has a direct effect on my work today.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Megan James – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I mostly create realistic drawings and paintings on wood or canvas. The common threads in all of my work are definitely sensuality, fine detail and nature. I like to paint things that move me on some kind of an emotional level, and my clients tend to purchase my work for their own connection to it.
The beauty of art making for me is that I am constantly growing during the process of creating, while giving the snapshot of my learning and labor to others. It’s an exchange that I’m incredible grateful for.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Miami is one of the places that I go to find inspiration. I love the volume of Miami! Everyone seems to be louder in their style, flavor and even in the way people walk. The vibrant colors, splashed everywhere are so exciting. The last time I visited, I went to Vizscaya just as it was closing for the evening. The warm, pink and stone tones mixed with lush tropical greenery were a visual dream come true.