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On Being Shameless

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by blogger and art fanatic, @CultureFancier. She digs in where it counts. The result? A realization to some of the best advice I could have ever followed. This isn't just for artists either. If you are a genuine life-liver, read on.

On Being Shameless: Interview with Meaghan Claire Kehoe

August 19, 2016

Meaghan Claire Kehoe is a Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo based painter, muralist and live painter. She is always busy with murals for office spaces, and commercial spaces with Starbucks ranking as her top client. She recently won the regional title of 2016 Toronto Champion for Art Battle Canada and has been taking projects live-painting for weddings and events. She successfully showed at The Artist Project 2016 and is proud to have been invited to showcase in the August 2016 Toronto RAW show.

1. How did you get to where you are right now as an artist?

Getting to where I am has been a labyrinth of twists and turns. Every turn led to a new challenge or opportunity and each experience shaped how I would fight for what I realized I always wanted but thought I could never accomplish. Being a full-time artist and muralist was not an easy path to find and still isn’t a walk in the park. Fortunately for me, I’ve tried the safe route. I went to university for French and thought of teaching or translating. I’ve been on that other side of reality where the “normal” people dwell and while I loved the challenge of learning a language and discovering a culture, I was tormented by the feeling that I was wasting a perfectly good gift. Once I graduated and fully made the decision to switch back to art, I had to immerse myself in it, say yes to all opportunities for learning and exposure and only take supplemental part-time jobs that were flexible enough for me to be able to focus on painting and networking in my off time. It is a lot of self-discipline and I am learning how to do it better every day.

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