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Meg Walling

#124 Meg Walling
(Attended in the1970's and 2009-2012)

Mine is a modest story that will have some meaning to people who may be thinking about following life dreams at age 60. I visited the Coachella Valley on a post-college adventure 40 years ago, and stayed. I’ve always led a rather creative life, but it blossomed into a full-blown art career, thanks to College of the Desert.

I ran a pottery studio, painted needlepoint canvases, managed outdoor arts festivals and even got a Master’s degree in clinical psychology when my youngest left for college. For a decade, I had a private practice as a licensed marriage therapist. All the while, I looked at art through the lens of others.

The tables turned in 2007 when my appendix burst. I saw how life can end in a flash, and while recuperating, decided to go back to my passion. In the '70's, I'd taken every visual arts class that COD offered. This time, College of the Desert classes by artists David Einstein and Judith Cook inspired me. I've always been creative, but COD gave me the technical skills I needed to produce paintings and prepare for an art show.

Now, I’m selling my art through my personal website. My work has appeared in group gallery shows across the desert and it has been selected for several juried Palm Springs Art Museum exhibits. In 2011, I won The Art Colony Award at the Artists Council Exhibition, an annual show at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

What has COD done for me? It brought me back to where my heart is.