Meg Nottingham Walsh
"My goal is to translate the landscape, capturing what interests me most about a specific place at a moment in time. Painting outdoors forces me to focus on the essence of a scene, and I like the sense of immediacy it lends to my work."
Known for landscapes drenched in color and light, Meg is equally at home painting en plein air or in the studio. Though realistic in nature, her work has a strong abstract element, characterized by simplified shapes, limited values, and glowing color.
In 2000, she left her job as an editor for National Geographic Magazine, where she worked for 21 years, to concentrate on painting. Her time there provided a great eductaion in design and composition, the foundation of her work. After years in the studio, she then turned her attention to painting the landscape. Realizing that direct observation of nature was essential to understanding the complexities of light and color, she her took her easel outdoors.
Meg has won awards at major juried plein air competitions including Easton, Annapolis,and Norfolk, and she judged the Falls Church Plein Air Festival in 2012 and 2015.
Her paintings have been purchased by the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Md., the National Institutes of Health, the Lombardi Center at Georgetown University, Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. and the town of Oxford, Md, and many private collectors.
Meg 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 are featured in the book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic.