Meghan Nathanson is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living and working in Freeport, ME. Her work flows holistically from who she is in a journal of emotional expressions exploring themes such as mindful presence, motherhood, inner and outer freedom, body language, sensuality, color, connection and the gifts of the earth as medium. Her journey as a visual artist began in the mid -1990’s in New York City where she began painting in the course of self-discovery, encompassing as subjects her relationships, her environment, her capacity to nurture, and expressing them, literally, in the colors through which she sees life. She received training through the Art Students League of New York as well as The New School in New York. Meghan’s work has been shown in the neighborhoods of DUMBO, the East Village and SOHO in New York City.
Meghan is currently working primarily in mixed media, transforming large figurative pencil drawings into colorful collages by applying the torn papers from repurposed wall-calendars onto the drawings in a painterly fashion. Some of her largest creations are composed of hundreds of individual pieces, each carefully selected, gently torn and massaged together with a polymer medium and combined into a cohesive whole. She is deeply open to listening in her craft and was recently surprised when a project with her children—gluing hundreds of acorns that had fallen on their back porch onto the outline of a tree—aroused great inspiration and became a central piece in her body of work. Meghan is available for commissioned work and aspires to bring an understanding of her subjects into her creative process expressing who they are through a collection of colors and images specifically attributed to their being.
In June of 2012 her writing life became more central when she began writing a blog about the way in which her spiritual life intersected with her new role as a mother of two children. Early on she discovered that her journey in mindful presence was instrumental in her ability to foster deep connection with her children and she wanted to share this experience with other mothers.
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“Meghan has this way with words that sweetly cups our worries, our heartaches, our tiredness, and our longings…and giving them spaciousness to breathe, to soften, to exhale…and begin again. As a poet, a mother, a mindfulness teacher, I am so grateful for Meghan’s presence in this world. I can sense the stillness in her words that can only come from deeply listening, deeply “going within.” — Lisa A. McCrohan, LCSW-C, The Barefoot Barn
Artist & Writer Statement
I notice beauty everywhere. I see it in the rusty nail, the broken fence. I see it in the crying face, the rounded hips. I see it when I am looking at your skin closely as you speak. I notice your freckles, your blemishes, your unkempt hair. I love those things. I also love a freshly made bed, water dripping from your eyelashes when you come from the shower, shadows and golden leaves. I am moved by the texture of wool socks and acorn tops, heat coming off of a wood stove, the way my arms twist above me when I dance, the slap on a table in frustration. My work is about these things. It’s about the human experience and of what happens when we really look, when we really listen, when we really see.