As a child, Meghann O’Hara would sneak into the kitchen in the early morning and steal the food coloring. “I tried to create my own paints out of household products,” she laughs. These days, Meghann uses a computer to create her colorful drawings of everyday items and sweet animals. Recently, we had a few questions for her:
OD: Your animals are so soulful. Do you base them on people you know?
MO: Some of them are based on people in my life. The monkey is based on my husband! I started drawing him in college. But some of the animals take on personalities of their own. I do name them after people in my family.
OD: Love your colorful, patterned backgrounds. Tell us about them.
MO: I’ve always loved fabrics and textiles. I used to want to go into fashion design. I want my backgrounds to start taking on their own fabric feel.
OD: Who is your artistic role model?
MO: Georgia O’Keeffe. Partially because of her art but also because she was such a strong woman and made such an impact. She always talked about how she wasn’t the best artist, but just pushed herself because she really loved it. I can relate to that: the college I went to didn’t have a big art department but I majored in it anyway. I pushed myself. I just really love art and push myself every day.