Interview with Megan LeMaster
Megan LeMaster is the best artist at creating whimsical worlds and impossible inventions. From meatball blimps to artichoke carriages and blue beaked bird mothers to sassy eels in bikinis - it's all unmistakably the work of Meg the master! Her paintings and illustrations are featured in the February 2015 exhibit "With A Little Help From My Friends" at Daniel Rolnik Gallery.
What mediums did you use to create your pieces for "With A Little Help From My Friends"?
I used a combination of things: primarily acrylic & ink, but also watercolor, pen, and graphite. These works were also all done on Bristol or mixed media paper.
Where are you from & what about that place influences your art?
I'm from Anaheim. I grew up here and have lived here my whole life. I think my everyday surroundings influence my work, whether it is conscious or not. I have used my home and neighborhood as actual references to draw from because of the nostalgic meaning they possess.
Did you go to art school?
Yes. I went to Laguna College of Art and Design where I graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, but also studied Illustration. My favorite parts were the special teachers and classes that really helped shape the artist I am today, especially my watercolor class with Wes Christensen.
Would you rather have aliens or monsters be real and why?
Aliens, because at least we could have knowledge to learn from them and there is the possibility we could all co-exist. With monsters they have a volatile personality that could erupt at any moment, and many have ulterior motives, ex: Dracula needing to suck blood, zombies wanting to eat your brains.
What's something weird and funny that has happened you?
Upon making all the work for the show I binge watched Cheers...and realized it is the greatest show ever.
What was your last adventure & what's your next adventure?
My last adventure was a plane trip to Seattle to spend time with my boyfriend Trace and his family. I'm not sure what my next big adventure is, but I'd say everyday is a little one.
Is anyone in your family also artistic?
Yes, my grandma was a seamstress and so is my mother. Both have created their original garments and are very skilled with the sewing machine.
What was your childhood room like?
My childhood room was full of tiger stuffed animals and had a mural painted on the walls of a pretty outdoor scene. And of course my walls would not have been complete without my Hanson and Spice Girls posters.
How can art make the world a better place?
Art can make people relate to their own lives, and through this it can physically affect their emotions. It can also make a statement, a way for the artist to express their own feelings and thoughts.
Burgers, Burritos, or Brownies?
Burgers, and a brownie for desert. Burritos are good, but I can do without.