You can find fashion blogger Meghan Jones in her kitchen, painting in flannel jammies and wearing a pair of Coors Light socks. “There’s nothing glamorous about my painting attire, but I feel like I’m covered in paint all the time,” Jones says. The California-import moved to Texas and fell in love with the state and a boy. Eventually, the Studio Art major at Texas Christian University migrated east to Dallas. She cemented her Dallasite card when she met husband Walker Young, a Southern Methodist University law student, at the Rustic on a night out. After appearing on frog-disguised-as-a-prince reality show “I Want to Marry Harry”, morning talk show The Broadcast and radio show Zazza Mornings, Jones turned art from a side hustle to her main hustle. Her typical day involves about 19 hours of painting, a little break for lunch and the Peloton, and plenty of coffee.
Why did you leave radio-TV?
My shows were canceled. I was in a non-compete, so after not doing it for two years, my life just kind of took a different path. I got married, and the art started taking off. I honestly think everything happened for a reason, because I’m really happy where I am now.
How did you transition into being a full-time artist?
I did a few pieces for girlfriends and for my own home, and I posted them to Instagram. People saw them. I started at one piece a month, then 10 pieces a month. Now, I’m at 50 pieces this month. That’s really exciting.
What’s next for you?
I would like to keep doing what I’m doing, just keep building my business and take on even more clients. I’d love to end up in hotels and restaurants.
How would you describe your artistic style?
Very fun, vibrant pop art. The goal of my art is to make people smile and just to brighten up people’s day.
Who is your artistic inspiration?
Andy Warhol, for sure.
Why do you think pop culture is an important form of art?
It’s interesting making something that we see every day, like Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans. I want to do a couple of Kardashian pieces. You can’t go to the supermarket without seeing at least four of them on a cover of a tabloid. You can’t turn on a Sunday news show without seeing them. The idea of turning something mass-produced into art is interesting.
How do you choose what to paint?
I like to work with my clients on mixing and matching patterns or colors or items. As far as pieces I do for myself, I like to do polls on Instagram. It’s a fun way to get my followers engaged.
What one place has most influenced your art?
My husband and I went to Southeast Asia on our honeymoon. Every resort we stayed at had tons of koi fish, and you’ll see koi fish in a lot of my pieces. The Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm has a Chinese palace within the palace, and that inspired a lot of my work.
What is your favorite piece?
I did a really fun portrait of my dog as Queen Elizabeth I. It just makes me giggle whenever I walk by it in the hall.
What does a Meghan Jones cost?
I can really hit everyone’s price point from the low-end of about $150 and the high end of about $5,500.
How long have you been studying art?
Since I was a little girl, my mom would give me a sketch pad just to keep me quiet and occupied. It’s been something I’ve been doing since diapers. Every summer I did art camps. At TCU, I studied art.
If you have kids, how do you plan on incorporating art into their lives?
I remember sitting down with my grandfather at a very young age and drawing with him. I want to do that with my kids from a very young age, whether it’s finger-painting in the backyard or taking them to museums. It’s really important to have art in kids’ lives. It just makes you a better person, a more knowledgeable person, a more worldly person.
What do you love about Dallas’ art scene?
You get a big-city feel but also really small-town feel. I think that translates into the art scene. Dallas is a really great place for supporting local artists, local vendors, local craftsmen.
How has your art style evolved?
At first, I was scared to do pieces that I just made in hopes of selling. I was only comfortable doing commission pieces, but I’ve gotten more confident in my work. It’s given me the ability to step out of my comfort zone.
Who are contemporary artists you’re watching?
Love Ashley Longshore. She’s such a super-hot artist right now. There are some Bay Area artists that I think are super-cool.
What are pieces that bring you comfort or inspire joy?
“The Birth of Venus” is my absolute favorite piece. One of my favorite experiences is going to see “Liberty Leading the People” in Paris and then afterwards going to see Eugène Delacroix’s grave. It was a very full-circle moment to me.
What’s your favorite city for art?
What Dallas is doing with murals all over the city is super-cool. Stockholm is my favorite city in the world. When I’m there, I love going antiquing, and I have pieces from the 1600s. They aren’t famous pieces: it’s probably some grandpa’s piece that was found in an attic and sold to an antique store. I think there’s a beauty in art from everyday people.
What do you think about women and the art world?
It’s definitely changed, but I think there’s still room for growth just like any other area. Female artists just don’t sell for as much as male artists. We need to keep getting out there making amazing work and showing off our talents. Eventually, we have to be recognized.
This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
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