We had the good fortune of connecting with Meagan (hellomeag) and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Meagan, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
As an artist, I found that expressing myself through visual medium truly creates joy in my life. It’s something that feels like it has a meaning that extends beyond myself as an individual, maybe it’s something that humans have always found purposeful. Being able to express myself in a visually beautiful way just feels nourishing.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
At first glance, my art is reminiscent of nostalgic 90s anime. I also pull inspiration from bright colors, impressionist artwork, colorful children’s books, and the beauty of national parks. I create digital artwork, custom commissions, and manage a stationery shop with art that I illustrated.

Learning how to believe in myself as an artist is definitely the most important skill I learned in order to be where I am today. And it’s still a work in progress. It is by no means easy, but it’s absolutely necessary for growth and for grounding yourself whenever you are met with resistance about the work you do. Whether it’s a bad review, disapproval from parents, judgments from peers, fear about the unknown, or judgment from yourself.

But I often found myself itching to create something. I began to listen to what I was really drawn to, began to slowly say yes to things that I really felt excited about, and no to things I didn’t. And what I learned was, “I f**king love to make art. I need to make it and express that with the world.”

I want people to know to try listening to what makes them truly excited and I just hope people can work toward those things.

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?
Hello, laid-back artsy peeps. I don’t like crowds and loud places, I hope this appeals to ya!

– Kinokuniya Book Store in Little Tokyo. There’s a bunch of cute books, art supplies, and stationery

– Bae & Co soft serve
– Bobaaa

– We’ll find it when we walk around Little Tokyo or Arts District!

– Buy some snacks or take out to picnic at Signal Hill for the sunset!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My friend Tanya, a generous teacher and artist at heart, who encouraged me to start my Etsy shop. Thank you!

Website: https://hellomeag.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hellomeag/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hellomeag

Other: Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hellomeag

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