Megan Gibbons

 Megan Gibbons

Megan Gibbons

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e-mail: megan@megangibbons.net

So... tell us about yourself.
I am an artist, wife and mother of three young children and one large, unruly dog. I was born in California in the San Francisco Bay Area but I call Salt Lake City, Utah home. I graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis on painting and drawing. I love to spend time in my studio, drinking copious amounts of coffee. I also love to play with my kids and go on dates with my husband so we can have an actual conversation.

Why do you make art?
I have had many lives thus far but have always been an artist at heart.. that has always been the thread.. I love making art and looking at art. My husband indulges me and allows me to plan trips around museum and gallery openings. I am unsentimental about my work and paint over images that are not working all the time. I am impatient and if something is not working, it needs to go.

How much time do you get to spend making art?
The time I spend making art each week usually depends on the commitments I've made for upcoming shows.. Anywhere from five laid-back hours a to 40 frenzied hours per week. I am really terrible about planing ahead!

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Who are your favorite artists?
I have so many artists whose work I love and never tire of: Richard Diebenkorn, Liz Gribin, Jenny Nelson, Gregory Calibey, Vuillard- to name a few..

Did you study art in school?
I studied fine art at the University of Utah and Humboldt State in California. I loved school and felt my education was adequate overall. In hindsight, I wish the program had covered things like art marketing and had introduced more abstraction..

Have you read any good books lately?
I have not read any good fiction lately but, if you are looking for recommendations for parenting books be sure to let me know!!

How do you get through creative blocks?
I work through creative blocks by prepping canvases... If things are just really not happening for me, I go make a cup of coffee or tea and come back. Sometimes just walking away is what's needed.

How do you balance time between making art and marketing art?
It's tough to balance the creating and marketing of art. I spend far more time in front of my computer than I'd like to but, that's part of the job.