Meagan Abra Blessing's solo exhibition, Untamed West, opens Friday, July 1, 2016 at Coila Evans Art Gallery, 119 Main Street, Roundup, Montana. The show opens at 5:00 pm, with a gallery presentation by the artist at 6:30pm. This exhibition will feature new works from Meagan's Untamed series, which depicts the tenacity, intelligence, and courage of the equine spirit.
Meagan Abra Blessing spent her formative years packing, living, and working in various western states from Alaska to Colorado. "I grew up in a family that craved adventure," she explains. "Every moment was filled with challenges and new experiences, and horses have always been a part of those escapades. From local show rings and county fairs to packing in the Alaskan back country, I’ve learned to respect and admire the equine personalities that have crossed my path." Attending college with majors in Equestrian Studies and Vocal Performance, she spent nearly twenty years teaching, training, and performing on occasion.
Ever drawn to high contrast and movement when choosing her compositions, Meagan's years of hands on experience with horses in various capacities have resulted in paintings that are reflective of individual equine temperaments and personalities. Her love of the wide open spaces and lifestyle of the rural, untamed West coupled with her passion for all things equine is evident in her lively, expressionistic paintings.
Meagan’s renditions of horses, working horses, and rodeo subjects are vibrant and dynamic, and her playful utilization of color and light brings a unique twist to classic and often quintessentially Western imagery.
Meagan's work has been featured in various publications, including Western Art Collector Magazine: Art of the Horse and State of the Arts, Montana in 2014, WesternArt & Architecture Magazine: The Contemporary West In Harmony, and Big Sky Journal: Creative Business in 2015. She is honored to have recently received Fine Art Connoisseur’s Best In Show, People's Choice Award in the Quick Finish Event for Friday, March 18 at the 2016 Out West Art Show & Sale during Western Art Week in Great Falls, Montana.