Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1941, Meg Vivers spent her childhood on an isolated cattle station in south-west Queensland where her father was the station manager. As a child, she immersed herself in the bush, riding her horse into remote corners of the property. With this immersion came a deep love for the solitude and beauty of the Australian landscape. This love grew as she began drawing and sketching her surroundings, encouraged by her parents. Her early schooling was by way of correspondence, and her love of art was a natural progression from her life experience.
After several years working in Sydney, Meg married and returned to the bush in northern New South Wales, near Armidale. From there, she travelled throughout Australia with her husband, Allan. While studying with local artist Estelle Cotsell, she discovered the joy of representing the landscape by way of colour and semi-abstract shapes.
Meg’s methods may have changed over the years, but the way in which she depicts the landscape has remained remarkably similar throughout – perhaps a reflection of how deeply her reaction to her childhood surroundings have been imprinted on her psyche. Followers of Meg’s art often say how much her paintings remind them of landscapes they have passed through in their Australian travels. She is pleased when she hears this, because it evokes a depth of shared response and sensitivity well beyond the power of words.
Location: Armidale NSW