Northwest NEWS

August 12, 2002

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Artist Megan Rush's first art showing attracts many aficionados

When Megan Rush was four years old, her mother said she knew her daughter would be an artist.
   "She started out by copying the characters on the back of the cereal box," claims her mother.
   On May 4, her favorite painting hung at Pumps and Grinds in downtown Duvall, in preparation for her first art showing. It was a vibrant green abstract. Her husband's favorite hung next to it, saying that he liked it for its continuous motion and bright colors.
   She has come a long way since her first character drawings. Rush took some beginning classes as an adult, and then after a visit with a psychic at a Christmas party, who told her she was holding back and needed to recognize herself as a artist, she began to take painting more seriously.
   She started out using her daughter's watercolors and then bought supplies of her own. She switched from watercolors to acrylics and has been painting ever since.
   The colors range from dark and rich to vibrant and bright.
   Rush says they reflect her moods. The darker colors in her paintings reflect a time in her life that was difficult, with more vibrant colors reflecting a brighter mood.
   For Megan's first art show, she approached Paula McDonald, owner of Pumps and Grinds in downtown Duvall.
   Pumps and Grinds hosts monthly art shows from local artists and Paula was pleased to be host to Megan's first show.
   Megan invited about 50 people and Paula put flyers up all over Duvall. Throughout the evening, people streamed in to congratulate Megan, look at the pieces she had on display and share wine and hors d'oeuvres. Feedback from friends and guests was positive and encouraging.
   Megan was pleased to sell three pieces that evening and received a commission for a custom piece.
   "It's about shapes and colors, and the flow," says Rush, explaining why she focuses on abstract pieces. "For me, it's not about creating a certain thing."