Tis' the season at Well + Wonder and "the season" couldn't come at a better time. After a week of family time followed by the frenzy of sales we are back in action stocking our collection with new work just in time for the holidays. We are so thrilled to introduce y’all to a new Well + Wonder artist tomorrow and her stunning Christmas collages! Meghean is a Memphis native who explores drawing and watercolor through botanical works on paper and canvas and while we can’t wait to show you those we couldn’t let December pass without some fun Christmas art! Mark your calendars for tomorrow at 12 PM EST to shop Meghean’s works all framed and ready to be gifted this holiday! Until, then get to know the lady behind the collages in our latest blog post Pardon Me, Meghean Warner.
What is currently on your nightstand?
A pile of books I keep meaning to read…and…some wrinkle cream.
Who is your biggest influence as an artist and why?
I watched a film about Andy Goldsworthy in high school, and he has always been one of my favorite artists. I would say that his work is now influencing more than ever because we both work with items found in nature.
Tell us about your childhood. What is the most memorable moment as a young person?
I grew up with six southern women from ages 5-95. There were 4 generations of us under one roof and no men. I just remember watching a lot of Lawrence Welk with my great grandmother even in high school-I am fairly certain I have seen every episode.
If you could only have one supply in your art studio, what would it be and why?
Huge rolls of paper-I think I could figure out how to make paint with nature. Thank goodness I don’t have to do that though!
What is your favorite room in your house? Describe it.
We have a small back porch with a fire pit that I love. The space lends itself to good conversation. However, we recently inherited a few chickens, and they have taken it over it for bit. I intend to take it back.
What is your biggest score online?
I found a sky painting that I love that is hanging above our bed. It is one of my favorite things in my house.
What is the benefit of buying art through a collective? What do you recommend for those that are new to buying original art?
I think when you support one person from the collective, in a way, you are supporting the entire collective. Ideally, it is almost like when someone in your family does well, you are happy for them. I love the concept of everyone sharing and promoting each other. If you are new to buying art, I would encourage you to go with your gut and buy something that you can live with for a while, something you would enjoy seeing every day.
If you have the entire day to spend in an art museum, which one and why?
I would love to spend the day in MoMA. Honestly, that just sounds fun-modern art is fascinating!
What is your favorite hotel and what makes it special?
We have three small kids, and we do a lot of staycations in Memphis. There is a really beautiful hotel called “The Memphian” that my entire family loves. It is right by a candy shop and a delightful coffee place, so the kids and grownups are happy there.
If you were a lipstick color would you be red, pink, or clear and why?
I think clear-I like a neutral lip with lots of mascara.
I can never get on a plane without….
magazines. I love buying magazines at the airport.
How did you get into the world of art?
I studied theater, and then I pivoted when we had kids to teaching art. I soon realized I loved making it too and went full time painting.
What do you do to relax?
I watch the Great British Baking Show or take a bath.
When do you get the biggest surge of inspiration?
I have not been exercising outside as much as I used to, but I am inspired the most walking outdoors.
Prediction for the Color of 2023?
What is your idea of a date night? Dinner and a movie or dancing all night?
Dinner and a movie. I love dancing, but if I am up past 11 now I need at least a week to fully recover.
Tell us about your favorite painting that you have created.
I made a huge blue leaf piece this year that is the only piece I have ever had trouble parting with-the leaves looked like they were swimming!
One piece of advice for buying original art?
Buy what you love!