Artists / New Mexico

Mejo Okon

Albuquerque, NM

Mejo has been enchanted with the West, its cowboys, and its animals since childhood. Since moving first to Texas and then to New Mexico, the animals have held a particular appeal. “They’re really sweet and curious, and surprisingly approachable. 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 Indiana to New York City, Alaska and Texas with several stops in between. Born and raised in Indianapolis, she worked in advertising as a graphic designer, illustrator, and on the side as a costume manager for traveling Broadway shows, and Federal courtroom sketch artist before devoting herself to painting full time.

Now living in Albuquerque, she has found endless inspiration. 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.”

Mejo is currently represented by Mountain Trails Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Treasures Fine Art in Boerne, Texas; and the Broadmoor Galleries in Colorado Springs. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine. She is a member of Women Artists of the West, American Women Artists, American Plains Artists, National Oil and Acrylic Painters of America and the Hoosier Salon.

“This is the West I know: Cloudless skies. Intense sun. Extraordinary heat. The home of cowboys, horses and cows. I am drawn to the details of today’s working cowboy and the livestock they manage. I travel to local ranches and small rodeos for inspiration. 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!

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