What’s in an Artist’s Signature?

Did you know that researchers believe you can read into a person’s personality just by the way he signs his name? Graphology, or the study of writing and signatures, explains the hidden meanings behind our John Hancocks.

That got us thinking … what would researchers say about the Meyer Vogl Gallery artists’ signatures on their paintings? Here’s a look at the research:


A signature with a right slant reveals a writer with an outgoing, bubbly persona.
A left slant signature can mean that the writer does not push himself forward.

 Laurie Meyer’s signature slants to the right (no surprise here!)


Writing your full name in your signature often reveals a more relaxed, informal approach to life. Think of it as the writer wanting to be on a first name basis, while using just an initial for the first name means that the writer wants to keep things formal.

Anne Blair Brown signs her full name. 

 James Richards‘ signature. Full disclosure: we actually find him to be pretty informal.


Illegible signatures can mean that the writer wants to keep an air of mystery or hide their identity, while legible signatures can mean that the writer feels their identity is important and should be known.

 Quang Ho‘s signature is pretty illegible, if we do say so ourselves.


A larger signature means the writer is confident!

Susan Altman‘s signature is large and in charge! 

A medium-sized signature usually translates to modesty and a balanced sense of value.

Marissa Vogl’s signature tends to be perfectly “medium-sized.”

Lastly, a small signature signals that the writer is successful.

Can you spot Sandy Ostrau‘s small signature?

Bill Davidson‘s signature is pretty tiny, too.

Thanks to gallery associate Sara Burd for researching signatures.