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Mejo has been enchanted with the West, its cowboys, and its animals since childhood. “The animals are really sweet and curious. Whenever I stop along the road or go into a pasture where cows are grazing, the little ones and even some of the big ones will come up to me. They’re very endearing. I try to capture that quality in my paintings.”
Her life has taken her from Indianapolis to New York, Alaska, Texas, and now Albuquerque, with several stops in between. She worked in advertising as a graphic designer and illustrator, and on the side as a costume manager for traveling Broadway shows and as a Federal courtroom sketch artist, before devoting herself to painting full time.
When it comes to style of work, Okon is a self-described colorist. “I really like to capture my images when the sun begins to set with its the rich and intense colors. I want to capture that glow.
“This is the West I know: Cloudless skies. Intense sun. Extraordinary heat. I am drawn to the details of today’s working cowboys and the livestock they manage. Bold graphic colors speak to me in depicting the modern cowboys and their everyday lives.”
This is the third year Mejo has been honored to participate in Cowgirl Up!