Return to Red Rock
After almost a year away, Creative Gateways Open Studios and Gallery is proud to announce that Meg Munro has returned! The gallery and fellow resident artists are very excited to re-incorporate her award-winning watercolor pieces into the collection, and also to welcome another in-house canine, Meg’s Augie, Ari.
Life in Watercolor
Her work is often inspired by the three decades she spent in Mexico. This means bright hues and a wide array of subjects and scenery. She explains, “I painted the bold colors of the people and their art.” From the coasts of Vallarta, to the interior of Guatemala, Meg painted the beauty of the landscape and natives.
In painting people, Meg captures intricate facial expressions. While some of her portraits are realistic townscapes of daily life, others include religious figures amid intricate garden backgrounds. She titles these spiritual garden pieces “Apparitions” and describes that she is “painting the relationship (as I understand it) of The Divine to Creation.” The usual solemness of the religious imagery is softened by bright flowers and peaceful expressions. Their small size in comparison to the plants is almost fairy-like. These apparitions are full of light and natural beauty.
One way that Meg displays her work is through aluminum giclees. Images are infused directly into aluminum sheets, providing great durability, and a very detailed, high definition appearance. Many of the prints are hard to distinguish from the original watercolor. Meg has turned a number of the paintings from her “Integrity Iris” series into aluminum giclees. The medium works well with watercolor prints because the detail shows each brushstroke. Also, the gloss on the aluminum plays on the light already inherent in Meg’s pieces.
Blue Skies Ahead
Meg spent her time away from Creative Gateways in New Mexico. She left to pursue new artistic ventures and to find fresh inspiration but explains that “instead, the inner journey continued. It turned out I wasn’t finished transitioning from my life in Mexico.” Although Meg did not originally plan to return to Sedona, she says that: “I am so very excited to be coming back. I see everything through new eyes and it all looks different. It looks and feels like home now.”
When asked about upcoming projects, she shared that “themes I have worked with before (flowers and bottles) will be circling in again in a meaningful way.” The bright colors and scenery in the background of her bottlescapes are visible in a new way through the glass. Meg captures the light and reflections masterfully, and will surely delight with her upcoming works.
To see Meg Munro’s watercolor paintings in person, visit Creative Gateways Open Studios and Gallery, open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. Tour the gallery, meet local artists, and take home beautiful works of art!