Budding ‘boro artist connects with nature
by Kenda Nelson
Jun 18, 2009 | 587 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodsboro High School Junior Meghan Saunders became intrigued with nature and art as a young child. So it was a rite of passage for her to intermingle the two.

Animals and naturehave been the focus of her award-winning art.

“I’ve grown up hunting with my dad,” Meghan said.

The petite cheerleader says she hunts and butchers hogs, deer, turkey, birds and wild cats so her perspective is different from those who merely look at animals. She takes note of colors and how muscles ripple.

“Every creature is beautiful in its very own way,” she said. “I look at the way it moves. By painting it, I’m bringing it back to life.”

Meghan’s artistic talents surfaced when she was very young. She studied under an Ingleside artist from the time she was three until she turned seven. Currently, she studies under Kay Smith, WISD art teacher.

“I’m really proud of her and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help her grow in her art,” Smith said.

Meghan’s hopes to earn an art scholarship to Coastal Bend College. Smith said she will work with Meghan this year to ensure that goal becomes reality.

For two years running, Meghan has won best of show in art at the Refugio County Fair and is the recipient of the schools art award as well. She also won a certificate from Congressman Ruben Hinojosa after she entered one of her pieces in “An Artistic Discovery” contest.

“Meghan is extraordinary and drinks in whatever I tell her,” Smith said. “She’s not afraid to push the envelope.”

Smith recognized Meghan’s talent as a seventh grader and takes great pride to help nurture the student’s abilities. So when Smith urgesd her students to put their feelings into artist sketch books, Meghan filled hers. The pages are filled with serious abstract sketches, doodling, and self portraits.

“It’s very theraputic,” Smith said. “I tell them, ‘whatever you see, draw it.’”

When one of her students broke up with her boyfriend and came to class, “I told her to draw. She started with scribbles and ended up with some good work.”

Like many of Smith’s students, Meghan her art is therapeutic and she want to make it her life’s work.

“I’d like to use art to help children,” Meghan says.

Meghan is the daughter of Carol Saunders and Neil Saunders, both of Woodsboro.

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