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A Unique Impression: Painting by Meghan Sims

A dark painting of a moon in the forestMidnight Moonlight, acrylic on canvas

Meghan Sims is a visual artist from Kitchener, Ontario. The artist’s practice is informed by her own visual perception -- born with achromatopsia, Meghan is colourblind and extremely light-sensitive, two conditions that lend to a unique impression of the world. 

A painting of a woman looking at colourful graffittiNight Shift, oil on canvas


The works in Meghan’s portfolio are striking for their heavy use of dark pigment and silhouetted forms, contrasted with moments of light, representative of both man-made lights and natural phenomena. The artist’s urban scenes especially remind me of works by Dennis Ekstedt, with their relatively streamlined, high-contrast compositions. Meghan’s paintings offer a fascinating meditation on how perceptions of reality can vary between individuals.

A screen capture of Meghan Sims art portfolio


I really love the artist’s White Series, especially viewed alongside the very dark, black-heavy compositions elsewhere in her portfolio. These pieces -- comprising compositions of mostly flat white with sparse details rendered in shades of grey -- appear to represent the artist’s daytime vision, and showcase a world bathed in blinding brightness.

A painting with a bright white light obscuring all but a few tree branchesVictoria Park Trees, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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