Artist Spotlight: Megan Crawford
Native Megan Crawford went to school for biology at Colorado Mesa University and returned to the area to work in public lands. Her outdoor inspired art is on display through the end of the month at The Artist’s Mercantile in Glenwood Springs. For more about her work, search for Sun Singer Artistry on Facebook.
How did you get into art?
It was something that I’ve always kind of been into. I took all the art classes that I could — drawing, painting, sculpting. I started doing the feather paintings I think when I was in high school.
We always had these turkeys coming through our property and dropping their feathers, and I decided I could do something with them. It seemed like a unique thing that everybody enjoyed so I kinda kept with it.
Tell us more about that.
I kind of spray them so they’re stiffer and don’t pull apart as much, but they’re still very delicate. The ribs in the feathers are hard to make a straight line with because they’re so grooved, so it takes a lot of going over until you get the look you’re going for. It’s hard but it’s a fun challenge.
Does most of your work have a natural element?
I usually do wildlife. I always kinda go back to horses, which was kind of my first love as a child. I do a lot of wolves on commission. Birds are a real challenge for me but I try to tackle them every once in awhile. A lot of my inspiration comes from being out here and living in the mountains. I don’t hardly ever do people.
Have you found your own style?
When you’re younger, you have all these influence that you try to emulate. Now that I’m older and have done it for so long,
I’m kind of just used to giving it my own spin. I like to keep a lot of detail to my work. I think it’s special to capture something tiny about an animal even if it’s just the reflection in their eyes or the wind blowing their hair.
Any idea what’s next?
I’m kind of one of those knick knack people that whatever I find I’m trying to find a way to use it. I’ve tried to keep an open mind. I’ve always done photography, but I don’t sell as many prints as I do paintings.
The latest thing I’ve gotten into is trying to carve antler. It’s definitely interesting but I haven’t quite finished anything yet.
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