From the amish to the world

Meet Meg Delagrange

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Amish born with a curious soul and messy hair I, Margaret Ann Delagrange, have embraced my unusual heritage with a unique approach to life. Just call me Meg. With over 22 moves between my birthplace in New York to living abroad in Tokyo, Japan, my journey has been nothing short of a colorful adventure. I create everywhere I go. I bring hope to the world through painting and writing, drawing inspiration from my own life experiences.

I am Coloring Spirit.

 

HOW I STARTED PAINTING

 My brother and I in 1989

My brother and I in 1989

Even though I never owned a set of paints as a little Amish, then Mennonite girl, I found various ways to be creative as I was growing up. I filled notebooks with fictional stories, poems, and long diary entries. The first time I got a little box of Crayola pencil colors, they felt like the most valuable thing I had ever owned. I spent many hours coloring and writing.

I was excommunicated at the age of 21, shut off from everything I had ever known. I fell into painting quite by accident but it quickly became a passion. I began painting as a way to heal during a difficult time of grief. Besides the difficult transition into mainstream society after being excommunicated, I lost gestational twins when I was almost 20 weeks along in my pregnancy. This was my third pregnancy loss. The summer following the loss of my twins, I began painting. I became obsessed with it, often not eating for more than 24 hours as I worked on a new piece.

 

WHY I PAINT LOTS OF POPPIES

Over the years, I've painted poppies a lot. Maybe it's because most poppies are red and red was a forbidden color to wear when I was growing up. However, I believe my reasons to paint poppies goes deeper than that.

Poppies are a fascinating flower for me. They are used to represent both life and death. It’s the most resilient yet most fragile flower in the world. In olden days, farmers looked for poppies to find the most fertile soil. In the seed pod of one poppy flower, you will find an average of 10,000-60,000 poppy seeds. That’s enough seed to repopulate an entire field of poppies. There’s so much potential in one poppy. I find these facts about poppies to be so significant for us as human beings. I believe that we are capable of far more than we realize.

As life continues to sweep me from continent to continent, I have found that the poppy flower grows in every place, from small cracks in concrete jungles to wide open plains. It grows and thrives, defying its surroundings with its vibrant colors. My spirit is like the most colorful, persistent poppy and through each touch of color that grows on a canvas, I find peace and purpose for my own journey.

 

BECOMING A MOTHER

I’m now a mother to a miracle daughter. Creating art has created a special bond between her and I. I find it incredibly special that she now loves to paint with me. She's been crawling around on my drop cloths since she was a baby. Now she creates her own works of art.


 

Exhibitions and Projects

 

JAN 2016 – JUN 2018

MODWORKS
Artist in Residence. Denver, Colorado


Apr 2018

WOMEN OF GRACE
Live painting at Grace Women's Conference, Denver, Colorado


MAR 2018

THE WORSHIP COLLECTION
Live painting for The Worship Collection Project with Lex Lambert at the Paint Mines,  Calhan, Colorado


MAR 2018

A21 CAMPAIGN
Live painting at Pour Coffee Bar, Denver, Colorado


Jul 2017

THE HER INITIATIVE
Live painting for the #FITFORHER Fundraiser with Healing Waters International at Posner Center, Denver, Colorado


Jun 2017 – Jul 2017

SEEDS OF GREATNESS
27' Mural Rays of Grace Academy in Kiguru, Uganda, Africa.


Mar 2017

SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
Live painting. Rose Andom Center Spring Gala, Civic Center, Denver, Colorado


June 2016

ART FOR HEART
Group Exhibition. Exhibited original artwork and donated pieces for the organization's fundraiser, supporting the largest local food bank in the Denver Metro Area.


May 2014 – Mar 2016

THE BLUE CHAIR
Co-op Art Gallery, Denver, Colorado


MAY 2013

TOKYO DESIGN FESTA EXHIBITION
Group Exhibition. Tokyo Design Festa, Tokyo, Japan — Asia's largest collective art show.


 
 Photo Credit: Lex Lambert

Photo Credit: Lex Lambert