Artist highlight: Megan Marduk, painter

By Divya Putty

Junior Megan Marduk’s interest in painting began when she was eight years old. After years of exploring various art forms, she has now found her own unique style and preferences as an artist. That style requires dedication, however. Marduk once spent a year and a half on one painting alone, for instance.

“When I was a little kid, my mom was taking my brother to a guitar class. When we walked into the place, there was a sign that said they had art lessons and I just bugged my mom until she let me take them,” Marduk said.

Her interest in art grew into a passion that has positively affected her life and future. Marduk would like to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to major in Fine Arts. After college, she plans to sell small paintings and maybe try teaching.

With digital arts becoming more prevalent in our modern society with new types of technology available, succeeding in fine arts is difficult for people, but it has given Marduk a purpose and sets her apart from everyone else.

“It’s kind of an autotelic experience. I’m not doing it only for the outcome, but I enjoy the process. Having something that you’ve stuck to for years and haven’t abandoned is something special and I’m proud of it,” Marduk said.

Marduk is primarily interested in surreal and photorealistic art. Surreal art involves taking what one sees in everyday life and distorting it to make people feel an emotion. On the other hand, photorealistic art puts an emphasis on the details and gives the overall impression of a photo rather than a painting.

While she considers fine arts as her passion, she also believes painting can be therapeutic. Although it is a focused activity, she finds being alone with her thoughts can be a relaxing and calming experience.

“A lot of people use it to express their emotions. Making statements by using images is very cool. To find people that appreciate art and share similar opinions with is nice, but disagreeing is also fun. That’s what is so subjective. The discussion never ends. That what I like about art,” Marduk said.

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