Studio MME

Megan Eckman is an illustrator and writer of children’s stories. Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, she subsequently moved to flatter and flatter places, ultimately ending in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she received her BA in art and creative writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2009. She currently resides in San Jose, California, where she runs a freelance business, Studio M.M.E., which sells prints and originals of her work. She also writes freelance for such national magazines as Backpacker, MN Trails, and North Dakota Horizons. In her free time, she reads children’s fantasy books and explores the photographic possibilities of antique cameras.  Be sure to check out her blog at

How did you originally get into your craft, Megan?
My father used to oil paint in his free time so when I was little, I was enrolled in every art class available.  I just continued all through high school and college, eventually earning dual Bachelor degrees in art and creative writing.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Read!  And play with pens.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Finding the time to stop drawing and focus on marketing, packaging, and setting up events to promote my work.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought I was going to be a veterinarian until I graduated from high school and realized that vets don't do all the massive surgeries I'd hoped to do.  So, instead I went with my imagination and became an artist.

What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Personally, I'm just in love with my new print, "Feeding the Moon".  I'd certainly want the limited edition because I always love/collected as close to original art as I can get.

What other artists out there do you love?
I adore Edward Gorey, who sadly died before I could meet him.  I'm also a huge fan of The Black Apple, Nati, and Oladios Photography.

What does your future hold?
I've titled this year: Quit My Day Job, so with any luck, that's how this year will end!   I have a whole new product line in production that involves screenprinting on canvas!  I can't wait to start.