“I’m really inspired by colours and images that remind me of where I grew up. I lived in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago when I was a kid and so I’m inspired by bold, bright colours, underwater life and the ocean, flora/fauna and other aspects of the Caribbean lifestyle. Aside from that, I’m also inspired by concepts and issues related to identity, privilege and equality, as well as fantasy, imagination and surrealism. My work is mostly light-hearted and fun. However, sometimes I choose to use my art practice as a platform to speak about sensitive issues within our society – current experiences and socio-economic events also have an impact on my work.”
So far in her academic career, one of the most important projects to her was a digital painting project:
“I created and digitally painted a mythical being called Seriiyun, who I hoped would be a protector of the Buccoo reef, located in Tobago. It was a culmination of all the things that I’ve learned up to that point and this was an eye-opener for me. It showed me that I am progressing, learning and becoming more comfortable with my art practice (even if it doesn’t feel that way) as I’m going through school. Even now looking at it, I see things that I can improve upon based on what I’ve learned these past couple of months, and that’s an exciting feeling for me. I plan to rework it further when this term is up.”
Meighan plans on graduating in June 2020, and would love to work professionally as a freelance illustrator or a game artist, especially working on character splash art or design. You can view more of her work on her DeviantArt account.