Artist Spotlight: Meg LaFolette

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Junior, Meg LaFollette, does pencil sketches by the iconic falcon fountain in the courtyard.

Junior, Meg LaFollette, does pencil sketches by the iconic falcon fountain in the courtyard.

Junior, Meg LaFollette, does pencil sketches by the iconic falcon fountain in the courtyard.

Jack Barnes, Staff Writer

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Here in the Saint Stephen’s Upper School, we have a variety of talented artists, ranging from musicians to actors to painters. One of our hidden talents is junior artist Meg LaFollette. Meg grew up in Lewisburg, West Virginia, and she moved to Florida in seventh grade. Meg has always been interested in the art scene because her dad and other family members are artists. She has always been surrounded by people who support creative thinking and the arts.

”I have been creating art for as long as I can remember; it has affected my daily life by shaping my perception of life,” Meg said.  “As an artist, I am able to appreciate little things and recognize beauty everywhere. This makes the amount of inspiration I have pretty overwhelming. My favorite mediums are gouache [a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water] and pencil, but I’ve experimented with many others, most recently with oils.”

Two summers ago, Meg studied in a pre-college program for traditional art at Sweetbriar College in Virginia, and the last summer, she spent a month in Brooklyn at the Pratt Institute pre-college program studying illustration.

We asked Meg what inspired her to become an artist.

“I can’t pinpoint a specific moment I decided that I wanted to be an artist; it’s just always been who I am.”

This is one of Meg’s pencil portraits straight out of her sketch book. She usually finds reference images online, and it took her 10-30 minutes to sketch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a triptych which shows three different landscapes shots of mountains. Meg, who grew up in West Virginia, developed a strong attraction to nature, especially mountain views.The middle landscape was actually painted while Meg was sitting on a mountain looking out over her hometown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sea turtle piece was created by Meg at the Pratt Institute. This was Meg’s second ever “gouache” piece and it’s still one of her favorites.

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Jack Barnes, Staff Writer

Jack Barnes is new to The Gauntlet for 2018-2019. Jack likes playing soccer in his free time.

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One Response to “Artist Spotlight: Meg LaFolette”

  1. Jeannine Elisha on November 7th, 2018 8:38 am

    Jack, I really enjoyed your article. I think it is so important to recognize our student artists. Plus, I loved seeing student art work.

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