We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t know if I consider pursuing the arts a choice, but more so a need. I grew up loving art, taking all the classes I could, deciding to major in art Ed., switching to architecture, and back to art. It was during that time I decided I was all in, and needed to see where my art would take me. I have now graduated with my MFA in drawing and painting as of spring 2020, while this path has never been a clear one I feel confident in the fact it what I needed to do, and I cannot imagine my life without creating.
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 work is constantly evolving, however a constant is the inspiration being landscape based. I am currently interested in the passing of time, and transition times during the day; sunset, blue hour, dawn. The times of the day that feel like magic, yet are so brief it is hard to take in all that is being seen, and all the life within those moments, are what get me excited to paint! I have been very fortunate that through pandemic and recently graduating with my MFA, I have had some wonderful opportunities come my way. One I am most proud of is my recent solo exhibition “Renewal”at the Sonoran Desert Museum, in Tucson, Arizona. I believe I owe much of my success to those that support me, and having a strong work ethic. Knowing this about myself is definitely what pushes me to keep going and trying, life has shown me that if you work hard, even if you are not where you want to be right in that moment, you will get there.
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?
This is a hard one, I love Phoenix, I still consider myself a newcomer to the valley and I have been here about 4 years. Thinking of this as “post pandemic” I would plan a night in downtown Phoenix, at a first or 3rd Friday. A few restaurants I would need to take them to would be The Larry, Crescent Ball Room, Postinos, and O.H.S.O brewery. Then a majority of he time I would want to devote to nature and hiking, the botanical gardens, Two-bit peak, Tom’ Thumb, Pyramid Trail on South Mountain, Piestawa peak, and anything in the Superstition Mountians.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many people to thank for where I am at in life, my earliest supporters being my mom, dad, & sister. All the educators I have been so fortunate to have. All the friends I have made , and last but certainly not least my fiancé Zach, and doggie Daphne!
Morgan Schleif photography Zach Hochhalter