In a digital world, now more than ever people crave handmade items. This is why materials play such an important role in my work. The various linens I choose to paint on create an unpredictable amount of texture to each piece of art. Paint applied with just the right of pressure from the paintbrush will never be recreated in another piece of art, making each piece unique
While painting with oils on various linens is important, the mixture of paint is equally as relevant. Each color of paint on my paintings has been created by me. Meaning, I never use a color directly from a tube of paint. For instance, to create the intended color of salmon, using a pallet knife I mix a combination of red, orange, yellow, and white. Learning to mix and match colors is one of my favorite parts of the process.
Inspired by patterns and textures in the natural world, Megan Adams Brooks creates abstract paintings on silk, which involves a time-sensitive and multi-layered process that fulfills her unending obsession to create.
Her silk paintings and pillows are available at Blue Print in Dallas, Texas.
Megan Adams Textiles Fabric through Laura Lee Clark Showroom also in Dallas, Texas.
Blooms, 48" x 48", silk painting, 2013
At what point in your life did you know you wanted to pursue art?
Early on, when I was a freshman at Southern Methodist University. SMU has an intense studio art program and I was committed from the beginning. I did have the “starving artist” conversation with my dad but he was really supportive. He is a supporter of Texas artist.
Describe your process. Do you have special tools or devices, which impact your work?
I stretch silk fabric onto handmade frames then I use a silk resist. Once the resist dries, I paint with fabric dyes and then I set the dyes. This process is repeated several times within a piece.
Tell me about your table. Did you have it made?
Yes, and it’s been a game changer. It made a huge impact on my work and allowed me to really spread out while I work.
This one is beautiful! It reminds me of an octopus?
Actually, I was thinking about pomegranate seeds while I painted it.
Arboretum, 24" x 44", silk painting, 2013
What prompted you to create a textile line?
It has added another platform for me to create and another line of revenue.
Regarding your work, do you have anything exciting coming up?
I am currently in a group show at the MAC, which includes participants from solo shows at the MAC since 2004. The show runs from Nov 8 – Dec 20. On Thursday, November 13th from 5pm - 7pm I have a show at Blue Print, which I am very excited about.
Megan's earlier work show her deep understanding of interior spaces as seen here in this dinning room painting.
Ever since our trip to Marfa, I feel like I am constantly looking, noticing, and admiring the clouds. The wide open space of Marfa made me realize how much sky there is... I know it sounds silly, but we take this for granted when we live in a big city. Now that I'm driving the kids to school every morning I see the clouds and the sunrise each morning.
Everyday it's something different and maybe that's what I find so interesting. I'm happy to say they are creeping their way into my paintings. I am currently working on a cactus landscape which I hope to share soon.
Sharing the process of a painterly approach to art, wallcoverings, and textiles.