My name is Megan O’Sullivan and I’m a local Portland artist, mother of two amazing girls, and an animal lover. I was born in Texas, raised in Vermont and relocated to Portland to attend the Portland Art Institute where I received a B.S. degree in apparel design. I met my husband in college and we choose to make Portland our home. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my first daughter that I started creating animal portraits. It was my way of “nesting”. My daughters are definitely my muses, if not for them I’m not sure if any of these pieces would exist. I have always created in some form since I was a young child. Coming from a family of artists and craftsman, there was no shortage of support and inspiration as a child and I was constantly encouraged to explore, create, and express myself through arts.
I enjoy dabbling in different mediums but, it wasn’t until 2015 that I found my style combining ink, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, spray paint and acrylic sealant on canvas to create colorful realism portraits of animals. My favorite pieces to paint are of unique animals but I also specialize in custom pet portraits, with dogs and cats being the most requested. In each of my pieces I strive to capture the personality and charm of each animal and especially so with pet portraits. Paying extra attention to features of the eyes and nose to enhance the animals distinctive character and make the subject jump off the canvas into the eyes and hearts of the viewer.”
Outside of the portrait style, I also create animal and insect themed watercolor paintings and one of a kind felt bat toys, which are a family favorite. Follow me on Instagram at winenwhiskeystudio or visit my Etsy shop wineNwhiskeyART to see more of my work.