Growing up on a cattle station in south-west Queensland, Meg developed a powerful emotive connection with Australian country and bushland from a young age – a connection that is still very much alive in her paintings today. “With this immersion came a deep love for the solitude and beauty of the Australian landscape,” Meg explains.
Mainly using acrylics and oils – occasionally dabbling with ink, pastel and charcoal – Meg works quickly and spontaneously from her breezy house veranda, building up layers of complementary earthy tones and loose semi-representational shapes. Her depictions of vast and sparing landscapes in such a free yet repetitive manner evokes a depth of shared responses from viewers; a visual sensitivity that reaches well beyond the power of words.
Holding a PhD in English Literature and History, Meg has also spent many years focusing on Australian colonial women’s writing and its importance as a useful historical source material. The artist-academic has written and published several books and poems around this topic, which she sees as extensions of her artistic practice. For Meg, writing and painting go hand-in-hand. Each tells a story about history and place, yet their contrasting mediums communicate new meanings. This allows Meg to entice a range of unique experiences and responses from readers and viewers alike.
Meg attributes her love for colour and semi-abstract shape to artist Estelle Cotsell, who she studied under during her early painting career. Her more recent paintings play with the positive and negative spaces within landscape sceneries, a visual tool she hopes will declutter her works and portray what she calls the “spatial phenomena” of Australia.