Meg was born and brought up in North Norfolk spending much of her childhood on the cliffs and beaches at Cromer. Painting and drawing has been part of Meg's life from a very early age, winning her first painting award; The Cotman Award, at the age of 12. Still living in North Norfolk, Meg's love of the coast and countryside is the inspiration behind her work. Whether it is a seaworn piece of glass rolling on the shingle or the dramatic line of the cliffs towering above a small child; the memories and impressions live on in her paintings. Meg says of her love of North Norfolk,
'' The watery skies fill my imagination with paintings longing to be painted.''
Meg gathers her materials in sketches, prose and photographs allowing these images to distill over time and reduce down to the barest impressions which form the beginning of her journery on the canvas. The faint smell of seaweed, fleeting glimpse of a bird in flight being swept along by the strong east winds all work together to form the composition which advances and retreates as she paints.
''My memory is a gathering of impressions which roll and tumble like broken shells, worn glass, flints, bricks and tiles long fallen into the sea.''
Although Meg studied with the Open University she is mostly self-taught having spent many years exploring techniques that have interested her. This includes the ancient medium of Encaustic. Encaustic is a form of painting which dates back over 2000 years to ancient Greece; it is the mixture of beeswax, damar resin and pigment which are then fused together using a heat source. Meg has been fascinated by this ancient medium for many years, beginning by making the paint in her kitchen and then moving on to study this beautiful medium in New York.
''In Encaustic technique I have found the ideal medium which allows layers to be built up and left to slumber or woken up and pulled through the painting into the present; just as layers of sand and shingle on a beach hidden until the eroding work of the sea reveals their form.''
"Painting is my way of life - without it there is no story or dream, no poetry or moment"