Who Am I?
Hi! I'm Megan Carty... I make vibrant paintings that are uplifting and color-drenched for people who have a flair for bold statements and tailored style. I want to deliver healing energy to your well-dressed walls!
To listen to my story and learn more about me, click the link to listen to my interview with Youngman Brown in his popular podcast "Your Creative Push."
I’ve been a people-pleaser all my life. Growing up in Maine, I remember my art teacher showing off other kids’ artwork in 4th grade and I SO WISHED she would hold mine up with awe. It never happened but I worked hard for any praise I could get. I faced a lot of criticism in art school...I didn’t have the technical skills to be a photo-realist painter (nor did I WANT to be one!) and I had to work extra hard to render my subjects correctly (often doing them over and over). My professors were harsh and demanding (both a good and bad thing!) I found I was always working for approval...not the way to live your life in a happy way!
Ultimately, I ended up getting my B.F.A...becoming a successful graphic designer for many years due to my FEAR of not being a "good enough" fine artist. I was scared to put in the time, effort, and money to create the things I dreamed about because I was worried it would all be for nothing. I’d wanted to be a fine artist since I can remember (and I can remember being in my crib, so my memory is DEEP!) It’s a shame I let so many years go by where I allowed fear to hold me back from exploring my love of painting full time. What changed? Well, with age comes experience and I realized there were plenty of artists out there making work they loved AND selling it! People of all different levels of talent and skill. I figured “Hey! If they can do it, so can I!”
Making a painting is a soothing and meditative process for me...a perfect treatment modality for the depression I have suffered since I was a teen. When I sit down to paint, my mind is quiet and I am able to flow into a world where I don’t have to struggle or worry or face the feelings the disease places within myself. My painting practice is my key to relieving stress and finding my place of harmony and meaning. Making abstract floral paintings allows me to illustrate how my brain feels in coping with this chronic disease...there are wonderful bright colorful parts and there are withered brown tangled or barren parts. It is not all black and empty; rather, cluttered and messy and a little overwhelmed! But there is plenty of beauty in my "brain bouquet" and I'm grateful for that!
As a wonderful side-effect, I realized that OTHER people found my paintings to be very soothing and healing for THEM as well! I realized that my work is a prescription for energy healing of sorts. My collectors connect with my art in deep and emotional ways...many have shared with me how reflecting on the painting I made for them has brought relief from anxiety, fear, stress, and doubt. Their walls hold not only a beautiful piece of art, but the energy of hope, peace, and optimism.
When it comes to my more representational pieces, I often go through my library of landscape and seascape photography I have taken on my travels around coastal New England over the years and an image will call out to me (like seeing that awesome shirt on the hanger at your favorite store that gets you all excited). When I’ve decided I MUST paint a certain scene, I then sit down in a quiet space to meditate and pray. I ask to be shown what feelings and emotions the painting needs to contain. I ask what the purpose for the piece is. Who is it for? Why? Often times, a thought comes into my head that gives me the answer I need (and I don’t question it!). When I sit down to the painting panel, I will think about these intentions for the art...I will pray and ask the energy to come into the panel and through the paint. I will put my hands on the panel and let that energy flow. As I work, I keep the intentions in mind all the way to completion. When it’s finished, I put my hands on the painting again to do a final prayer over it. I pray that the person who needs the energy of that particular painting will find it and find relief from it.
Why New England seascapes and marshes? Well, it's about pride in my heritage! Not only did I grow up in Maine and then set up roots in Massachusetts, my ancestry did too! I have roots in Maine that go back for centuries to our country's earliest settlers. Most of my other ancestors later immigrated from England and settled in coastal Massachusetts south of Boston. The beauty, style, heritage and color the coast brings is so healing, soothing and up-lifting...it cannot be matched.
Being an artist is my greatest calling and honor. I am able to reach out to others who are hurting or need a happy boost. I am able to share myself with others and make real connections that I treasure. And that is what life is all about.