We had the good fortune of connecting with Meghan Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meghan, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“You are a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones that do will never forget about you.”
This is one of my favorite quotes for many reasons. It can be really scary to put yourself and you art out into the world. This message reminds me that although there may be people that don’t like/understand my art, the ones that do are what matters. I remind myself of this quote when creating art but also in my day to day life. It is so magical to find people that resonate with my artwork and to find people that I connect with so I always want to focus on that.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started pursuing art full time in 2020 after losing my job. It definitely was not an easy process and there were so many challenges to overcome. Art has always been a passion and hobby of mine, so to turn into into a career added a lot of pressure. I said I would give myself a year of being a full-time artist and then would reevaluate after that. In Summer 2021, I reflected on the previous year and weighed out the pros/cons of working for myself full-time. I ultimately decided that for me it was best to gain more experience in the workforce while continuing my business part-time. That in itself has also brought up many challenges trying to find balance and manage my time. However, I feel I have the freedom now to create when I am inspired while also learning a new side of the industry. I am proud of myself for making that decision even though it was difficult and a part of me felt like I was failing if I stopped my business full-time. I know that I will always be working on my business and creating art at some capacity. Slowing down and taking my time to really figure out exactly want I want my brand and my style to be is most important to me right now. I don’t want to rush the process and create something that feels unauthentic to me. I am very content with where I am at right now in my life and I hope that resonates in my art. I want to create beautiful things that sparks joy.
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?
Laguna Beach is my favorite spot so I would probably start there! Shaws Cove and Crescent Bay are two of my go-to beaches to hang out at. They are also great spots for swimming or snorkeling. I have a few shops in Laguna that I love to go to and always leave feeling inspired so I would definitely make a stop there. My all time favorite shop is this little french boutique called “Ligne Blanche”, they always have the best stuff. Right next door is a store called “Lala” and then “The Shop” is up the road a bit. Active Culture is another great stop for a bite to eat and they are all on the same block. I probably would end the day having dinner at AhbA – it’s one of my favorite restaurants in OC.
I would also do a day in Newport Beach. Shopping in Lido is always fun and a great place to grab brunch. I love driving down to The Wedge to see if there is any fun surf to watch. On a special occasion, renting a duffy for sunset is the best way to show someone Newport. We would probably eat at Trenta or Folks for dinner. Folks is fun because you can grab your food to go and take it to The Salty Bear brewery down the road.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many! I am so blessed for the support I have in my life from my family, friends and work mentors it’s hard to choose. I think ultimately I wouldn’t have started this journey if it wasn’t for my grandfather. He was an artist and taught me how to paint and draw at a young age. He was the most supportive person I have ever known and always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I want to make him proud and continue on his legacy so that motivates me everyday to keep working towards my goals.
Photography: Hannah Reynolds @hannaherphotography