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Megan Schaugaard (MEG-en SKOW-garrd) was born in Pheonix, Arizona, but grew up living next to her grandparent’s farm in West Weber, Utah with lots of space to explore.  She began drawing at a young age–sitting in the outdoors or by the window sketching the scenery before her or just from her imagination. She not only felt drawn to drawing (pun intended), but found a love for photography, sewing, creative writing, music–basically anything creative. Her love of art continued after high school when she attended BYU Idaho and she played with the idea of becoming an interior designer. But then she felt the desire and decided to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). She was called to serve in the Texas Lubbock Mission, where she felt at home with the simple beauty of country living.  After her mission, she followed her sweetheart (now husband), Gary Schaugaard, to St. George, Utah to continue her education, receiving a BS in Integrated Studies: English and Fine Art. It was at Dixie State University that she started oil painting under the direction of Del Parson. She looked forward to her three hour oil painting class to completely focus on creating. She also worked at the school in the Sear’s Art Gallery with curator Kathy Ceislewicz helping with the Sears Invitational Art Show.  Admiring all the beautiful artwork in the shows created an intense desire in her, and she knew that this is what she was meant to do. But instead of immediately pursuing a career in art, she found herself focusing on something else she was meant to do, be a wife a mother.  With creativity always on her mind, she’s found joy in the outdoors, fitness, sewing for her children,  creating projects for her home with her husband, and doing photography and graphic design on the side. She’s continued to draw and paint a few commission pieces here and there–more than one were painted/scribbled over by little ones. Now with her three children (2 boys and a girl) getting a little older, she has recently decided to zone in on the career in fine art that she has always hoped for.