Meg Nottingham Walsh
Artist Statement

Though I am a representational painter, I am more concerned with creating a strong composition than accurately depicting a scene. I try to translate the landscape, emphasizing what interests me most about a specific place at a moment in time, whether it be a dramatic shadow pattern, the blazing heat of a summer day, or the rolling sky of a passing storm. My paintings have a strong abstract element, and I often limit my values and simplify shapes to make a more forceful statement. I frequently paint outdoors and use these sketches as the basis for larger studio works.


Meg Nottingham Walsh

Known for landscapes drenched in light and color, Meg Nottingham Walsh has garnered numerous awards at juried exhibitions and plein air competitions.

In 2000 she left her career as an editor for National Geographic Magazine, where she worked for 21 years, to concentrate on painting. Her time there provided an invaluable education in design and composition, the foundation of her work. After years of painting figure and still life in the studio, she then turned her attention to the landscape. Realizing that direct observation is essential to understanding the complexities of light and color in nature, she took her easel outdoors.

She belongs to the 40-member Washington Society of Landscape Painters, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, and the Salmagundi Club in New York.

Her paintings have been purchased by the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, the National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University Hospital, Martha Jefferson Hospital, the town of Oxford, MD, and many private collectors.

Meg is represented by galleries in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, and her paintings are featured in the book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. She recently moved from Arlington, VA to Easton, MD.