We had the good fortune of connecting with meg harper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi meg, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I love this question. It hits right to the heart of the matter. There are so many people who stop themselves before they even try because “they don’t know how to do something”. Their dreams are clear yet they are not taking action. We get all caught up in the “how” not realizing you don’t need to know everything all at once. Martin Luther King said ” you don’t need to see the entire staircase to go up it, you just need to see the first couple stairs”. I believe that whole heartedly! The biggest lesson owning my own business has taught me is I’ll figure it out. There is nothing I can’t figure out. If I get stuck, I’ll reach out to someone, or do research, etc. There is nothing standing in my way except me thinking I am not enough. I’ve learned I’ll keep figuring things out!!!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My biggest message with my art is HEAL OUR PLANET. I feel our highest goal as a human being is helping the human race survive which means helping the planet thrive and continue to be home. I love Earth and all its’ creatures so much. One juicy benefit of my flavor of my art is that it inspires people to look at everyday items in a new light. I thought “why not push transforming things further and spread how I feel about the planet into my business?” I already drive a Prius, recycle, compost, we have a solar hot water heater, I love hiking in nature, and love animals. So it’s time to take this into my artwork. I have a deep connection to the Earth and care about what happens to it. Inspiring people to think about their choices and the Earth and to reuse things more often is my desire. I thought, what could I use that would be reclaimed to paint on? At that same moment my husband’s family was working on a historical remodel and had lots of tin roof to dispose of. I went to them and asked if they had anything they thought I could paint on. They pointed to a huge pile of tin and everything slowly fell into place. I started playing around and loved it; it felt so much better than just using canvas. Now it’s a hunt that never ends. I love transforming things, including minds. Combine this love with a classic painting degree and fast forward 30 years. My paintings now focus on healing with a strong the connection to flora and fauna. My color palette is a crowd pleaser. I use all jewel tones and deep rich greens and pull blues from the ocean and sky. They are all high vibrational energy received in a package of visual delight with an immediate connection to wildlife and nature. My work is a joy boost, therapy without a sofa. Well, usually the sofa is below my where my art is hanging : ) The materials I use, the palette I choose and my subject matter all line up to create a magical world where the connection to our planet and animals come alive. I am a light in this world and I choose to reach the biggest audience through my paintings. I am thrilled to be that girl in the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hiking the superstitions or usery mountain here in the valley. There is a great bike ride right from my house that goes to Tempe Town lake and then heads north through Scottsdale. Definitely that! My favorite restaurants: Pita Jungle, Kabuki, and for an unique southwestern experience Blue Adobe Grill in Mesa. Authentic Thai massage in downtown Scottsdale, a must! Liberty Wildlife in Phoenix for sure. You learn so much about our desert animals and get to see how rescuing and putting them back out in the wild works. Desert Botanical Gardens, ahhhhhhhh – especially during the holiday season Take a yoga class at Yoga Nirvana in Tempe with Jim Keegan. We would hang out at my place, it’s a party house for sure. We’d do crafty projects, make things, drink homemade beer, hang out by the firepit, cook amazing food (much better than most restaurants!) Get some fresh seafood from Chula Seafood in Scottsdale and BBQ away! If we had time we’d go north and do more hiking and exploring in places like Sedona, white mountains, Payson, etc. such a beautiful state to explore!!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m pretending I’m up on a podium receiving an award and who would I thank? Of course my family; my sister, mom, and my dear husband have been an excellent support team. They are my biggest cheerleaders : ) My artist friends who also own their own businesses have helped me brainstorm and move through some tough times. My dear friends Karen Stanley and Melissa Everhart here in the Phoenix area are my rocks, my go to balling your eyes out friends who are there for you no matter what. My training with Landmark Education giving me access to possibility and freedom from old tired habits. Brendan Burchard, self help guru, has been quite a big help in 2020 keeping me focused on what’s important and not living small and in fear. And God, all the ancient ones, spirits, guides, angels, whatever you want to call them. I feel them performing miracles for me on a daily basis. I acknowledge them and am grateful. AND of course all my collectors and fans who have helped me and believe in my art and my journey!
The one with the group is a family that purchased my rabbit painting in the booth My husband and I together Me painting booth shot