I’m ecstatic about sharing the work of Canadian artist Meghann Rader, who also took some time to answer a few of our questions for an interview. Read on to find out who and what inspires Meghann and be sure to visit her website and shop to check out more of her incredible work.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello, my name is Meghann, I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, on west coast of Canada. In 2006 I graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver and I now live with my husband Tobias in Port Alberni, a smallish town that sits right in the middle of Vancouver Island. I spend my days making small scale artwork and jewelry inspired by the nature that surrounds our home on the west coast.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I’m most comfortable working small and can usually be found with the thinnest brush I can find. I love playing with textures like the scribbled markings of a pencil or the lovely staining effects of watercolour. I also like to keep my work somewhat simplistic so I usually keep all of those textures contained in solid outlines and shapes.
Living here has had a big effect on my style. Port Alberni sits in the middle of a valley and there are lush green tree lines and mountains in every direction. When we moved here I unpacked my art supplies and started painting the trees, I haven’t looked back since.
Who are some people that have inspired you to become an artist?
My family has always supported my artistic side. I started taking art classes outside of school when I was in grade three and some of the pieces I made during that time are still hanging around in various places. Now my biggest support is my husband. He is always encouraging me and together we have worked very hard to make sure that we are both doing what we love to do.
Of the things you’ve created so far, what’s one you’re most proud of?
There’s no one piece that I can think of that I’m most proud of. I guess I’m proud of getting to a place with my work where I can see my style forming. It took me several years of floundering around to get to this point but now I have a much clearer sense of what I want my work to be and where I should go with it. Now I am producing much more work than I ever have and I’m much happier with it as well.
What’s one of your most-prized nature-inspired possessions?
My most prized nature possession is a porcelain vase that my mom gave me several years ago. We had stumbled across a small ceramic show on Granville Island in Vancouver featuring the work of artist Rachelle Chinnery. Rachelle makes the most beautiful hand carved vessels that reflect the rhythmic waves and crashing surf of her home on the edge of the Pacific ocean. I was immediately taken in by them and I guess it was obvious because I was lucky enough to find one of her pieces under the christmas tree that year. I always keep it out on display even if I have no flowers for it because it’s just so beautiful.
What are a few things you enjoy about nature?
I love the refreshing energy that nature brings. It clears my head and makes all of those little worries that build up over the week not seem so important. I especially love walking through forest trails. Forests are ancient, strong and sturdy places. They are quiet and peaceful , but also teaming with life, wild and dangerous. They have an effect on all of the senses.
On a smaller scale, we’ve just moved into our first house and now have a yard and a garden. I’m looking forward to learning all about my new plants and how to take care of them. In the future I’d like to try building a vegetable garden as well. I think that growing and caring for my own plants and vegetables will give me a whole new perspective on nature that I’m looking forward to.