Since childhood Mejo Okon has been enchanted by the West, its dusty cowboys, its faithful animals and its wide open skies. She has been scribbling, drawing or painting before she was in the first grade. She always knew she would be an artist. Born and raised in Indianapolis, she grew up watching “Bonanza” and “Maverick”, and she fell in love with horses and anything western. Her childhood cap guns and cowboy boots hold a special place in her studio. Now living in New Mexico, she has found endless inspiration. 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 withit’s the rich and intense colors.”
Mejo has also worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, costume manager for traveling Broadway shows, and a courtroom sketch artist. In 2011 she covered the nationally reported trial of polygamist Warren Jeffs.
“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 Indiana, Alaska, South Carolina, Michigan, Texas, New York City, and New Mexico. Now I’m living my dream.”
Her work has been showcased in Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector magazines. This year marks the second year, Mejo was invited to participant in the 14th annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. This exhibition features 56 contemporary western female artists from across the United States.