Artist Statement

Meghan Sours is a representational portrait artist rooted in the realist tradition. Meghan works primarily in drawing and oil painting using an indirect method. Her artistic focus centers on creating contemplative and intimate portrayals, particularly of women and children. Whether working from life or photographic reference, Meghan employs a meticulous approach, paying close attention to the interplay of light and form in her compositions.

In each portrait, Meghan aspires to transcend mere resemblance, delving into the nuanced narrative of human expression. Her ultimate aim is to uplift the human spirit through her art, capturing not just the physical likeness but also the subtle emotions that resonate within each subject.


  • Pastel Workshop with Annie Murphy Robinson, February 2023
  • Munsell Color Theory with Graydon Parrish, 2020
  • Studio Escalier Summer Intensive, 2019
  • Apprentice under William Whitaker, 2012-2018
  • Beaux Arts Academy: Structural Figure Drawing, 2017
  • Sight-Size Portrait Workshop under Ryan Brown, 2015
  • The Masters Academy of Art: Summer Scholarship Grand Prize Winner, 2015
  • Grand Central Academy of Art: Summer Drawing Intensive, 2013
  • Flemish Classical Atelier: Workshop with William Whitaker, Bruges, Belgium, June 2012
  • Classical Art Online: Atelier Training under Jonathan Hardesty, 2010-2011
  • Columbus College of Art and Design, 2004-2008
    • Bachelors in Fine Arts
      • Graduated Magna Cum Laude


  • Private Art Lessons: Ages K-12, 2008-Present
  • Walden School of Liberal Arts, Middle School Art Teacher, 2013-2014, 2019-2020
  • Walden School of Liberal Arts, After School Art Club, 2012-2013
  • Artist in Residence for Logan Elm School: Instructed High School Painting Class in Classical Drawing and Painting Techniques, 2012
  • CCAD Saturday Morning Art School: Teaching Assistant, 2006-2008


  • BDAC Annual Statewide Competition 2023, Bountiful, UT
  • 99th Annual Spring Salon, 2023
  • A Very Big Tiny Art Show, 2019
  • 94th Annual Springville Salon, 2018
  • 12th International Art Renewal Center Salon Live Exhibition, 2017
  • 93rd Annual Springville Salon, 2017
  • 32nd Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah, 2017
  • The 100 Dollar Show 2016, 2017
  • The Classical Tradition, Springville Art Museum, 2017
  • AMBank Invitational Art Show, 2014-2018
  • Art Olympia International, 2015
  • 91st Annual Springville Salon, 2015
  • 90th Annual Springville Salon, 2014
  • Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, 2012
  • Columbus Arts Festival Emerging Artist, 2011
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library, OOVAR Juried Art Show, 2008 and 2009
  • Columbus College of Art and Design: Thesis Exhibition, 2008


  • Featured Cover Art and Finalist of Best of Drawing Magazine, Winter 2023
  • PSoA Members Only Competition Finalist (Outside the Box and Commissioned Categories)
  • Art Renewal Center Finalist, 2022
  • Scholarship recipient to attend the 25th Annual Portrait Society of America
  • Art Renewal Center Finalist, 2021 and 2018
  • Art Renewal Center Purchase Award for “Renewal,” 2017
  • Art Renewal Center Honorable Mention for “The Cold Earth Slept Below,” 2017
  • The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund Recipient, 2016
  • Strokes of Genius 8: Exploring Texture, 2016
  • Art Renewal Center Finalist, 2015
  • Trekell February Featured Artist, 2015
  • “21 Under 31” Southwest Art Magazine, 2014
  • Ohio Arts Council Purchase Award, 2012
  • Ohio State Fair Plein Air Competition: Third Place, 2012
  • Featured in Ohio Magazine, June Issue, 2011
  • Grove City Easel Purchase Award, 2010
  • Easton Art Affair: Best of Show, 2009