My favorites? I mean, who doesn't love Maurice Sendak or William Joyce?! Also, I really respond to David Shannon and the detailed simplicity of his work. I'm really inspired by people who have a great process. People who are always working on their craft. I look at people like Paul Simon, Stephen King, David Sedaris, and Picasso. They can't turn it off. They make mistakes and keep on. They turn mistakes into something wonderful. They copy from other people and make it theirs.
TL: When did you become interested in art, and was there a moment when you began to take it more seriously?
KM: Being the youngest of three girls, I was always being dragged from one event to another. My mom always had pencils and paper handy, and I guess I took advantage. I graduated from OSU with a studio art degree and taught high school art for two years. Not really liking the teaching part, I went back to school to study landscape architecture. I've been practicing for 14 years now. About two and a half years ago, my business slowed as family life heated up. Having lost one role, I found myself looking for another. Drawing has always centered me. So, I started hitting it pretty hard. My dream of illustrating children's books hadn't gone anywhere, and so I figured I better get at it.
TL: When you think cultural capitals, OKC probably isn't at the top of the list. But what are some of the advantages of being an Oklahoma City-based artist? And let’s get real, what are some of the disadvantages, or some of the things you’d like to see change?
KM: Hands down, the people are the advantage. Everyone has been so supportive and helpful. It's been easy to plug in pretty quickly. Being small is our secret super power. I can't think of any major disadvantages. The internet has leveled the field. Social media has definitely gotten me out there, even though I'm a mom and don't get out much.
TL: Switching gears, tell me a little bit about your upcoming show – what can people expect?
KM: I tried to include my most recent work since it's evolved so quickly over the last two years. I think people will use the word "cute" initially. But hopefully, as they look more closely, they'll start to shake their heads and laugh. Humor and telling stories with images is the way I approach most of the things I make. The subject matter runs the gamut but might let people see inside my head a little bit.