Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Pelto.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m an illustrator from New England currently based in LA. I grew up hiking and spending time outdoors in Massachusetts, and a lot of those experiences still inspire my work today.
I’ve always enjoyed having different experiences and traveling so I attended Savannah College of Art and Design and afterward moved to Chicago, and now live in Los Angeles.
I currently work as a designer at Buck and balance my work there with freelance and personal projects. I recently created a small brand, Cozy Club, that combines my illustration with the love of the outdoors and coziness.
Please tell us about your art.
I love capturing simple things with my work and focus a lot on color and shape, I primarily work digitally because I enjoy the freedom it creates. In my full time and freelance work, I enjoy the challenge of having to design around a set idea and purpose. And in my personal work, I often focus on figures, the outdoors, and the things I most enjoy (like coffee and comfy sweaters). I like finding ways to draw something that people might find comforting and bring a little bit of simple enjoyment. I hope my work can share positivity and focus on good things and cozy feelings.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I think the role of artists is great in that we can communicate a difficult message in a simple way, something that everyone can understand. I think art is always a great tool for communication and in using a skill to benefit others when we can. I often use my work to give back to environmental groups. I feel like the larger scale of the world affects my art more so than any one event, I choose to focus on the environment because it is something I care about and am passionate for. No matter what goes on this is something that is a constant and will always need help and protection. Even if my contribution is small, I hope it can inspire some to do the same and to keep caring.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see my work on my site, meganpelto.com, or to see everything new I create, instagram.com/meganpelto. A lot of my favorite illustrations are on my site for my small brand, at cozyclub.co, and you can also check out instagram.com/cozy_club. The studio I work for Buck is at buck.tv and you can see some of the projects I have worked on there too! I design limited products for Cozy Club, like illustrated enamel camp mugs 🙂
- Website: Meganpelto.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/meganpelto
- Other: Cozyclub.co