Meaghan Roberts - Artist Biography

Meaghan Roberts is an Australian artist specialising in pet and wildlife portraits. Born in New South Wales in 1990 Meaghan spent most of her childhood in country Australia, rich with native wildlife and farm animals. Her artistic process started on her family farm in country New South Wales. Here she would draw endlessly; filling sketch books with page after page of drawings.

Meaghan pursued her passion underpinning it with a Bachelor of Fine Art, Diploma, and Master of Fine Art and Design in 2012. During her time at University Meaghan focused her attention on a more contemporary style of work with abstracted highly vibrant paintings. Whilst she had maintained a focus on nature Meaghan had veered away from her realistic animal representations. After completing a Master’s degree at the Hobart School of Art Meaghan travelled to Europe, living in Berlin, Germany for three months in 2013. There she became increasingly aware of the local wildlife and their distinct differences from Australian wildlife. This experience reignited her childhood passion for animals, particularly Australian wildlife, ultimately the turning point where she began to focus on animals as her predominant subject matter.

Currently living and working in Tasmania, Meaghan utilises a unique combination of watercolour pencil, watercolour paint, and ink on paper, building layers of pencil, paint, and ink to create a realistic sense of form and detail.

Meaghan received the award for ‘People’s Choice’ in 2013 for her representation of a Tasmanian Devil in the Derwent Valley Regional Art Competition. The following year she placed second in the same competition, with her painting of an infant Orangutan; she also placed second in the Ouse and Central Highlands Craft Fair Art Competition. Meaghan has also been a featured artist on the cover and inside of the art magazine ‘Artist’s Drawing and Inspiration’ in 2014 and 2015. (Issue 12 and 16)

One of Meaghan’s biggest influences and motivators is her mother Jeannette. As a child and young adult Jeannette was passionate about art often drawing and painting much like Meaghan. Unfortunately Jeannette was unable to pursue this passion as a career. This knowledge has strongly influenced Meaghan’s life, always a strong motivator to pursue art as a fundamental part of her own life.

Inspired by nature Meaghan utilises her art as a way of raising awareness of the fragility of animals and their natural environments, and aims to inspire an admiration and appreciation of animals, often taken for granted. Meaghan has donated several artworks to organisations such as The Sea Shepherd Tasmania and The Orangutan Project in order to raise funds and help bring light to issues surrounding animals and their treatment, or position of vulnerability.

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