The August 2012 issue of SOUTHWEST ART magazine featured Mejo Okon
in “Capturing the New West — Meet ten artists who put a contemporary twist
on western art”. She was also showcased in their “21 Over 31 Competition”
in November 2009.
The 27th Annual Bosque Art Classic accepted three of her paintings, two
of which were used to nationally advertise the show in ART of THE WEST and
WESTERN ART COLLECTOR magazines.
Mejo’s studio deep in the heart of San Angelo’s Chicken Farm Art Center looks
like the home of a West Texas artist. The walls are covered in paintings
of cowboys and their horses, prize cattle, and agave cactus. A Texas ranch
spills down a cliff side in blocks of color.
Despite the evidence, Okon is not from West Texas. The Indiana native made her way
to San Angelo in 2006, pursuing careers along the way that ranged from
advertising and illustration to costume manager for traveling Broadway shows,
from graphic designer to NBC courtroom sketch artist. “There was always that
little inner voice that said, ‘Paint. Run away and paint,’” Okon said. “I ran away
a couple of times — I’ve lived in Alaska, South Carolina, Michigan, New York City.
Now I am finally painting.”
Mejo is fond of repeating what natives from the Lone Star State often say:
“There are two Texases: Texas and West Texas.” She moved straight into the heart
of ranching country. Since settling in San Angelo, she has found endless inspiration
in cowboys, ranches and the landscape. But then again, she has always loved horses
and animals. “I grew up when cowboys were popular on television. I have worn
cowboys boots since I was three. A little pair sits on my shelf next to my old cap guns.”
When it comes to style of work, Okon is a self-described colorist. “I really like to capture
my images when the sun begins to set. I am drawn to the extreme shadows, colors
and contrasts.” Okon considers her work to follow a contemporary western theme.
A graduate of Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University in Indiana, Mejo
worked as a graphic designer and a courtroom sketch artist. In 2011 she covered
of the trial of polygamist Warren Jeffs. Her work has also been published in
Society of Illustrators: Illustrators 18 and 200 Years of American Illustration.
She is an Associate Member of Women Artists of the West (WAOW), American Women Artists (AWA). an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), American Plains Artists (APA), American Society of Bovine Artists, a Signature Western Trail Art Association, and Colored Pencil Society of America.
education: Bachelor of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art and Design,
studio: Chicken Farm Art Center, 2505 Martin Luther King Blvd.