Megan Wimberley is a contemporary western and wildlife artist based in Yosemite Valley, California. Wimberley takes inspiration from her life with animals and the natural world. Her paintings explore the uniqueness of the animals around us and our often-overlooked connectedness with them. Her paintings are deeply personal reflections or narrative in nature, with animals representing themselves and reflecting our experiences back on us.
Growing up with a variety of animals, especially horses and dogs, has been a major influence on Wimberley's work. She draws on a relational-knowing of these animals that influences her perspective. Her own experiences of partnership with animals and their complex emotional lives has lead to a life-long love of and appreciation for our animal family.
Taking an intuitive approach to painting, Wimberley's emphasis on color causes the viewer to bypass perceptual shortcuts and question their assumptions. She hopes to help people bring more awareness into the way people experience the world around them, helping them to reorient in the world, consider new perspectives, rethink their assumptions, and recognize our connectedness. Wimberley's also brings her experience in the western/ranch lifestyle to her art, exhibiting the hard work of ranchers and brining awareness to the work women do in these spaces.
Wimberley received a BA in Fine arts from Wayland Baptist University and an MA in Art Education from Boston University. After starting her career in 2016 Wimberley took some time away from her art practice when she became increasingly ill. After being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and finally receiving treatment she spent time focusing on renewed health and life improvements. Thanks to a caring rheumatologist and a holistic approach to her health she is now back to work. Wimberley is also the founder of Cowgirl Artists of America.
Cowgirl Artists of America
Yosemite Sierra Artists
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC)
Paseo Arts Association
Exhibitions, Shows, and Demos
Yosemite Gateway Art Center - March 18 through May 29, 2022
Kings Art Center, Hanford - June 25th through July 30th, 2022
Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock - August 9th through October 1st, 2022
Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park - October 22 to December 18th, 2022
Circle Gallery, Madera County Arts Council - January 10th through Feb 9th 2023
Cowgirl Art Rodear in Bridgeport, Ca. (July 24, 20201)
Oklahoma Art Guild Virtual Demo (September 2020)
PAA Member Show (January 2020)
Studio Six Featured Artist (September 2019)
NLBRA (July 2018)
Cinch Timed Event Championship (March 2018)
Oklahoma Arts Day at the Capital Demo (April 2017)
Cinch Timed Event Championship (March 2017)
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering (October 2016)
Shawnee Arts Trek (April 2016)
What type of paint do you use?
I primarily work with acrylic.
Do you do custom artwork?
I sure do! Visit the commissions tab for more information and let's chat!
How long does it take you to complete a painting?
Each painting is unique and the amount of time it takes can vary greatly from one piece to the next. Sometimes I'll get a painting done in a few days, sometimes it takes a few months. Commission turn around is additionally affected by its place in line. The best thing to do is contact me as soon as you know you will want to order a commission so I can get more detailed information and make sure you get a spot in line.
Who taught you how to paint with all those colors?
No one! Of course I have taken a lot of art classes, and watched many other artists work, but the paintings you see today are my unique style. I first began experimenting with vibrant colors in soft pastel and then transitioned into acrylic. Originally I was just experimenting the the color more than the detail, but I have refined my approach over the years. Color and texture are combined with fine detail until the "colors sing" and the animal begins to tell its story. I have lots of photos of my early work on my instagram, so if you want to see the progression of my style, just scroll back to the beginning!
Yosemite Valley, California