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Making The Ocean my Canvas

Carly Mejeur

United States (US)

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I am true to myself, true to my art: I am celebrating South Florida marine life!

Carly Mejeur is a Florida native artist. She was born and raised in South Florida. Blessed with a constant source of inspiration from her surroundings and hobbies, Carly strayed from her academic oil paintings of portraits and figures and began experimenting with watercolor and marine life. After an abundance of maps some how made their way to the Mejeur household from several friends in 2013, she took it as a cue to explore the medium. Her first Octopus, designed to fill an empty wall in her own home, became the official catalyst for the nautical chart series. "I knew that I wasn't the first to paint on maps and I won't be the last, but I wanted to bring something new to the concept by integrating the creatures with the chart to feel like they seamlessly belong, each piece presenting its own challenge. I use my painting of marine life to connect man-made lines and numbers with the organic composition of the islands and coastlines. Carly Mejeur hopes her artwork will bring more awareness to the marine conservation effort of South Florida.

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All Artworks by Carly Mejeur

Flamingo Courtship by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Flamingo Courtship

Carly Mejeur

$335.00$640.00
Manatees Spring by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Manatees Spring

Carly Mejeur

$299.00$598.00
Cranes Calling by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Cranes Calling

Carly Mejeur

$299.00$598.00
Pelican Flock by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Pelican Flock

Carly Mejeur

$299.00$598.00
Manatees Mamy by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Manatees Mamy

Carly Mejeur

$299.00$598.00
Mermaid by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Mermaid

Carly Mejeur

$89.00$873.00
Flamingo by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Flamingo

Carly Mejeur

$76.00$873.00
Bahamas Turtle by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Bahamas Turtle

Carly Mejeur

$76.00$873.00
Night Spoonbill by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Night Spoonbill

Carly Mejeur

$87.00$873.00
Mini Moonrise by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Mini Moonrise

Carly Mejeur

$88.00$873.00
Cedar Key Spoonbill by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Cedar Key Spoonbill

Carly Mejeur

$78.00$873.00
Jacksonville Dolphins by Carly Mejeur, ArtworkSale
Jacksonville Dolphins

Carly Mejeur

$87.00$873.00

Portrait of Carly Mejeur

Life on the water

A lifelong surfer and swimmer, Mejeur, a Dreyfoos School of the Arts graduate who spent nearly a decade as a lifeguard has always felt connected to the ocean and South Florida’s fascinating marine life. Her unique niche painting marine life atop nautical maps came about almost by accident. “A friend’s dad had all these nautical maps, charts and canvasses and was getting rid of them. I said, ‘Hey, I’ll take them and then, just for fun, she started painting on them — a turtle, a lobster, an octopus, fish, you name it. And when people saw them, they were like, ‘I want one!’” That was the moment when it all clicked, and my art really made sense to me.

Long road to self-discovery

Mejeur grew up both an athlete and an artist. As an athlete she “played every sport, swam competitively, ran track, surfed, was a junior lifeguard. There was no ‘off-season’ for me.” As an artist, she wrote, drew and painted. After graduating from Dreyfoos, Mejeur attended Maryland Institute College of Art where she immersed herself in the academic world of art. In four years, she earned both a bachelor’s degree in painting and a master’s degree in art education. “All of the teachers were amazing and I learned so much” but what she found was that the rigidity of traditional portraits and gallery-style work didn’t really fit either her talent or, more importantly, her personality. “I’m more of an improvisational artist,” she says Carly.

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Palm Beach Post Nautical Artwork by Carly Mejeur

Palm Beach, Florida

2020

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