Exhibitionists: Meredith Radford

We met Meredith Radford when her husband sent a secret email explaining how rad her art is and wondering if we’d like to do a feature on her. In addition to that being an awesome way to surprise your wife, we thought her art was great, so we agreed and here we are. From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Meredith and her family are now living in southern Maine where she works as a freelance designer and illustrator. She’s a surfer and outdoor enthusiast and the art that she makes in her spare time focuses on the whimsical side of those pursuits. Here she reminds us that it’s ok to let your art be what it will be, and also that a good surf can usually help clear things up. 

She chose “Wondering Where the Lions Are” by Bruce Cockburn to accompany her gallery. 

1.) Who are your top 3 artistic influencers?

My influences at the moment are Eric Carle, Margaret Kilgallen and Rob Hodgson

2.) Where do you create your art?

I usually work on my kitchen island or in my little studio at home.

3.) How much time do you typically spend on each piece?

It varies, but lately I’ve been working fairly quickly from initial sketch/concept to the final piece with limited steps in between. It’s given my work a fresher feel.

4.) What mediums do you work in?

I’ve been working with graphite, gouache, ink, acrylic and watercolor on paper or wood. If it’s a print, I digitally color and edit them on computer, then print them at home or have Giclee prints made.

5.) Do you have any advice for young artists?

Let your art be itself. Honest and organic. I have been trying not to overthink or overdo lately. Just put it down, get it out. Use it or don’t. Sometimes it’s that simple. Take a break, big or small. And if you can squeeze in a good surf, awesome. Your head and heart will thank you.

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