This post is part of a series of interviews by real people who are going after their heart’s song. Whether they are taking baby steps or giant leaps, they are living their dream. Our Featured Dreamer will talk about their challenges, inspirations, and tips about how they juggle life with what they love to do. Be inspired in your own life to go out there and lasso that dream of yours. Find other inspirational stories here. (More coming soon!)
Megan Gray Arts
I’m Megan Gray, and along with being an artist, I am a mother of three, and major supporter of Creative Mothers everywhere.
I help make collecting original art easy, and to inspire other mothers to be creative. My oil and watercolor paintings are inspired by our simple life and the natural landscape around us. I want my art to be available to everyone, no matter their budget. To me art is connection. Art is community, and how I engage with the world around me. That’s why any art you purchase directly from me is priced “pay what you want.”
I believe my work isn’t finished until it finds a home. A home where it is loved and valued dearly. I want my art to make you feel like I feel when you ask to buy it, happy. I trust in my collectors, and in return they keep me making art!
Can you tell us about your dream and what inspired you to go for it?
Honestly, I just want to paint. I went for it because it allows me to be my own boss, as well as there for my kids. I need to paint or else I get very unhappy. It’s the only time where my mind is completely calm and focused. So, if don’t paint for a while I feel out of balance.
What sort of challenges do you face and how do you get around them?
Finding the time to paint. I’m always letting things get in the way. Cleaning, errands, etc. sometimes you have to let other things go so you can create. Sometimes I have a hard time letting go, and sometimes I let those things become excuses as to why I’m not painting.
What do you love to do the most?
I love to paint landscapes in oil.
Who supports you in following your dream?
My husband and my children as well as my extended family too. My husband is my biggest supporter and being a creative example for my kids is my greatest motivation. My kids also let me know what they like and don’t like when I paint, so they actually help me to grow in that way as an artist.
Who inspires you?
Anyone who is making time to create especially if they have kids.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Not changing anymore diapers, and painting more regularly instead of whenever I can.
What is the biggest tip you have for anyone looking to following their dreams?
Just do it. Stop making excuses. You are by far your biggest obstacle, so knock it off and be your biggest supporter!
If you or someone you know, is reaching for the stars (big or small) and loving it, I would be honored to have them featured here! Please note, this is not reserved for artists only, dreams come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it be crafting, doing yoga, chasing kids, coupon clipping, or playing golf. If it’s a dream and someone is trying to get their hands on it, I want to hear from them!