Meet an Artist: Megan Mars (and get a limited edition Octavia print)
If you’ve not previously met Octavia, I’d like to introduce you to her now:
I am fascinated by Octavia, and I never would have met her if it hadn’t been for Ohio artist Megan Mars. Octavia is generally quite a private creature, and Megan Mars has painted, as far as I know, the only existing portrait of her.
It took quite a lot of persistence, but Megan finally agreed to introduce me to Octavia. When I explained to Octavia that I wanted to include her in my chronicle of Ohio’s more unusual residents, she was reticent at first. Well, for a very long time, actually. She punctuated our talks with gentle mocking and pointed existential questions, and I always walked away with the impression that I had never been so far out my depth. But the fact that our first meeting led to a second and then a third was in and of itself remarkable.
She said she found me entertaining, but left me wondering if I was unintentionally entertaining her. When Octavia smiles, I’m never sure if she’s smiling at me, smiling about me, or smiling right through me. At last, when I’d long ago given up on the idea of persuading her, she relented, but under several conditions that I cannot reveal. The one thing I can say is that my account will not contain lies to please her.
To commemorate Octavia’s inclusion in Big Trouble in Little Canton, Megan Mars will be creating an extremely limited edition 11X14 print, using her existing portrait of Octavia. The limited edition, according to Megan, will be “darker and creepier. Perhaps a whole different color scheme also.” You can add the print by pledging an additional $25 ($40 for international backers).
You can also find pledge levels to commission art from Megan at $61, $88, and $281. In all cases, you will get the signed original piece that you commission.