Meghan Nathanson is an interdisciplinary writer and artist living and working in Coastal Maine. Her work flows holistically from who she is in a journal of discovery exploring themes such as mindful presence, motherhood, inner and outer freedom, body language, color and the gifts of the earth.
In 2012, Meghan began sharing about the way her spiritual life intersected with her new role as a mother of two children. Early on she discovered that her practice of mindful presence was instrumental in her ability to foster meaningful connections with her children. She wanted to share this experience with other mothers and began writing a blog about Mindful Mothering. Since then she has written and shared hundreds of essays and expanded her writing to encompass all of the many ways our lives can be lived mindfully. She has also recorded guided meditations that have soothed listeners across the globe.
Last year, Meghan began working on a memoir. This manuscript was intended to reveal and reflect on the unlikely spiritual teachers and experiences that began showing up in her life decades ago, allowing her to become a conscious creator. In the midst of this work (135 pages in to be exact), Meghan was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Her life and work came to a sudden halt and much of her energy was directed toward her treatment. Although she had to discontinue her work on the memoir, she did manage to write intermittently about her experiences living with a life-changing diagnosis.
Like so many of life's challenges, Meghan discovered that this illness was a powerful teacher and an opportunity for growth.
She decided to set aside her prior work (for the moment) and to follow this new thread. She hopes to share in a whole-new memoir what it was like to navigate breast cancer treatment while maintaining a spiritual mindset and navigate the divide between conventional treatment and alternative methods of healing.
Meghan’s 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 and in various galleries and venues in Coastal Maine.
Meghan works primarily in mixed media, transforming 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 once 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 inspiration and became a central piece in her body of work. It can now be experienced at Maine Audubon in Falmouth, ME as well as a 2nd, similar collaborative work that she created in the community at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland.
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.