Megan Granger: The Needle in the Hay Stack
The world of multimedia is like a hay stack, and any aspiring artist, musician, fashion designer, videographer, is the needle. The search through the vast sea of high profile musicians, popular art pieces, and TMZ programs for this little tiny needle seems nearly impossible and useless. We settle for the pitch fork because it’s bigger and easier to find.
These “needles” so to speak work hard and never let the thought of endless effort in their passions being lost creep from the back of their minds to the front. Worn out hands from overnight painters mesmerized by dancing colors, truly capture the emotion they want to release when a viewer unlocks them. String strumming soloists tear apart their heart and ring out any emotion on paper to make their song perfect, so when they play it hearts of ice melt to never be broken again. When trying to discover talent, or the needle in the hay stack, it is important to keep your eyes and hearts open for anything that pricks you. My readers, the reason I come to you with these seemingly endless words is because I have found it, I have found the needle.
Nineteen year old Megan Granger welcomed me into her world with open arms. Right as you open the door her world is streamed with brightly colored paint strokes. Every surface is customized with what Megan believes the world should be. Her walls frame stories she has captured on her Nikon in black and white. Her floor littered with film and literature up to the ceiling, worn and used each one with love. A gentle face herself. Careful hands when she passes me a water bottle.
Her art work is what I can only describe as bright and bold, a journey through a watercolor wonderland. Black and white takes a part in her paintings, but not as much as vibrant yellows and greens. She loves doing portraits of her friends and family, or cats, and taking pictures of nature. Her art is a mixture of dream sequence and super natural. Megan can capture what she sees the world to be in her eyes, which creates a one of a kind painting or picture. Her brush strokes and color wheel suns are no match for the smooth and accurate tone in her voice when the interview begin. Her art is a mixture of dream sequence and super natural.
When asked how long art has been a part of her life, she answers quietly, brushing her knees with her palms. “All my life. I did a lot of finger painting. Plenty of pictures of me covered in paint when I was a child.” She smiled warmly at the floor when reminded of these precious memories.
Knowledge and understanding of passions is key. I questioned her about any schooling or classes she has taken. “I’ve taught myself everything I know. I took class here and there in high school, but never anything more. I don’t have a certain way of going about things, like an art school might teach you. How I see things is the way I transfer them to paper.”
With all of the genres of art Megan indulges herself in daily; it made me question what she sees herself doing in ten years? “Well hopefully by then, it would be nice to have my own tattoo shop. But if not I would like to at least work in a shop and continue to paint on the side. I don’t ever want a real job.”
Who inspires the inspired? ““Honestly there are a lot of artists I like, but I usually go with my own thing and don’t really try to follow what another artist does. I’m not inspired by anyone in particular; I’m inspired by the people and things around me.”
Meeting with Megan Granger was a true experience in itself. She let me into a world that seemed to have no boundaries or any connection to real life, a moment in her shoes. Her raw talent has touched the young people that inhabit New Hampshire and Massachusetts for years now. Megan is one of a kind. With the support of her boyfriend, Peter, she has been trying to take her passion to the next level. Her art indulges its viewer in a euphoria all its own, of swirling colors and a childlike contentment that feels pleasant in this distressful creation. With this conclusion, I hope with everything we all do, we always look for the needle in the hay stack because even as small as they are, they probably have more heart behind their passion that any one of us could ever see in a Cosmo magazine.
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