About MADART Studios
Megan Aroon Duncanson = MADART
I am a self taught contemporary artist, living out my dream of being able to create beautiful art as a profession. As long as I can remember I have been drawn to art and have always had a pencil or brush in hand.
I am constantly trying to find my own unique space in a sea of artists. It is a daunting task, but I think with my new style of art, as seen on the pages of this website, I have finally found MY place. It's exhilarating and inspiring to feel as though I'm doing something totally new and different. A style that I can grow with and explore all matter of subject and color.
I have endless ideas spinning through my mind, but not enough time to put them all on paper or canvas; such a shame life is so short, but, I am trying to make the most of what little time I have to express myself artistically, and reach out to others with my art. I am a highly prolific Artist and produce literally hundreds of paintings in a single year. The more I paint the more prolific I become.
I draw my inspiration from nature and everyday subjects around me. Living in one of the most remote places on the planet, the Bush of Alaska, as well as tropical paradise, Hawaii and Florida, has allowed me to use many different aspects in my art to inspire me. It can be trees, boats, birds, vibrant sunsets, water, palm trees, cities, martinis; anything I see around me can be used to it's fullest extent to draw the viewer into each piece and provide them with an enriching and pleasurable experience. I strive for my art to have an element of surprise, and at the same time, effect each person on a personal level with elements that they can relate to from their own life-experiences.
The closest style I feel my art fits into is a mix of Contemporary Eclecticism and Pop. And yet, it is different and unique in it's own way, which is refreshing, and full of light and laughter. My goal as an artist is to bring happiness and joy into people's lives through art. If every time someone looks at my art and it makes them smile, I know I have achieved part of my dream and purpose in life to create "Art that Colors the Soul".
All the Best,
I grew up in the bush of Alaska near the small fishing village, Meyers Chuck. We didn't have any of the modern amenities most of us take for granted. The only way to get where I lived was by boat or float plane, there were not (and still are not) any roads. The only source of electricity was individual generators. Our only source of heat was provided by wood burning stoves (there was a lot of firewood to be cut and stacked!) My family didn't have phones or cable TV, it was roughing it at it's best!
After I graduated from High School in Ketchikan, Alaska, I decided to go somewhere warm, and
headed off to college in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I attended the private College, Hawaii Pacific University from 1990-1992.
Around that time I was feeling foot loose and fancy free and decided to do a little traveling. I ended up taking a bus cross country until I reached Orlando, Florida. Of course it had to be somewhere warm, I'm addicted to the heat! I attended Valencia Community College for a semester and then ended up back in Ketchikan, Alaska to give birth to my only child, Aroon Melane in 1993. After she was born I moved back to Florida and married my husband Robert in 1995.
Over the next four years, I finished my Bachelor, and Master's degree in Political Science with an
emphasis on Gender Theory and International Relations from the University of Central Florida. In addition to college I was also selling my art through local galleries and shows and as murals. I also helped my husband run a lucrative custom home building business (I was a licensed Residential Contractor) until 2007 when we decided to leave the area and move to Ketchikan, Alaska. I know - it's cold there!! But, we saw the imminent down-turn in construction and the Real Estate market, and wanted to get out while we still could. After three years we decided it was time to head back to Florida (and the heat!). We still have a cabin in the remote community of Meyers Chuck where I grew up and we now commute between Alaska and Florida, the best of both worlds!
Over the course of my life I have always painted and sold my art. As each year passes, I gain more and more collector's and international acclaim. I am currently devoting myself full-time to my art career, particularly the licensing side of the busines, and being a wife to my husband Robert, and mom to a an elite volleyball player, who just received a full-ride scholarship to play volleyball at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL!! Yes, I am a proud mom :)
The world holds so much more to see and do, I look forward to the next 40+ years of adventure traveling, exploring God's earth, and getting lot's of inspiration for new paintings.