Adding Biophelia inspired art to office design ensures a soothing work environment.

Autumn, River Road (2018). Mixed Media painting. Collection: Topsfield Town Hall. Each panel 54 x 26 inches.

Adding nature based art to public spaces such as office lobbies, libraries, hospital waiting areas, and town halls affords a sense of calm and serenity to the built environment. For this example, Autumn, River Road, a large scale painting I created for the Topsfield Town Hall, I placed the painting at the top of the stairs. When visitors to the space walk up the stairs, they feel as though they are walking onto one of the favorite roads in the town, River Road. The idea of extending a 2D space-a flat wall-into a 3D space is a technique first used by the ancient Roman wall painters. Here are in-situ examples of this concept.

Through the seasons (2012). Four panels of a nature pond scene as it appears during different times of the year.
Transitions (2014). Three panels featuring birch trees as they appear in early spring, early autumn, and late November.

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Highlights from the Topsfield Library Art Collection.Thursday, February 11, 7:00PM.

For a small town, Topsfield, MA. is home to a lovely library with an impressive art collection, much of it purchased through the Gould fund (Robert Gould Shaw was the captain of the Massachusetts 54th all-Negro regiment during the Civil War made famous in the movie Glory).

This lecture, given on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:00 highlights the architecture of the library and a few examples from the art collection. As the presenter of the lecture, I will tell the story behind some of the more unique pieces; what I like to refer to as “the art in the art.”

Notice any similarities between Millet’s The Sower on the left and the mural from the library lobby on the right? We will review this oddity during the lecture.

The benefits of adding nature-based artwork to the office environment.

Biophilia (love of nature) is the idea of interacting with nature no matter the actual environment-including an office interior. For artists and designers, this can be incorporating works of art that focus on nature into the work environment. One of my favorite natural subjects to focus on in my own artwork are birch trees. The morning light streaming through the skin like bark of the birch tree in this example allows for an inspiring welcome to those entering the work space.

For the state of New Hampshire, I was commissioned to create six paintings of the state tree, the white birch, as it transitions through the times of day and seasons of the year. This installation reflects the people who use the building to acquire their earned licenses as they too are transitioning through stages of their own lives.

Transitions (2014). Six 90 x 40 inch paintings of the state tree, the white birch. Commissioned by the State of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Council on the Arts
Birch tree, in-situ. Available on my giclee page.
Office interior lobby . Blank wall for copy space, lots of light, sunlight scene. Black leather sofa. gray floor tiles. daylight scene. designer copy space background

The story behind the Walker Hancock sculptures at Trinity Church, Topsfield. Presented by Meg Black, PhD

A PDF of the slides from this lecture are available via the download button.

Print of Gethsemane Garden available in print gallery.

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Meg Black is the featured artist in Helen Hiebert’s The Sunday Paper

Helen Hiebert is recognized as an expert in the papermaking community-from her knowledge of properties of various pulps to sewing and binding techniques for handmade paper books, Helen is a vital presence in educating papermakers around the world. Given her recognized expertise, I was honored that she asked me to be featured in her blog.

Helen shared my recent commission, Seafoam, which I created for a corporate space in 2018, as the featured image for the blog-good choice, Helen, its one of my all time favorites.

Seafoam, 2018. Corporate commission. Photo: David Margolis

Here is the text from Helen’s blog:

Meg Black is an artist who has earned an MFA and Ph.D. in art history. The subject of her work-both as a researcher and a visual artist-is the study of nature and its impact on our sensory experiences. Black creates her work with pulp – largely cotton and well beaten abaca – for two reasons: (1) this material has not been widely used as a painting media, thus she is constantly discovering its potential and is challenged by its capacities which allow her to be a pioneer in this process; and (2) the texture of this media provides an almost three-dimensional quality to the finished surface, thus mimicking nature in all its splendor. Black’s unique process and careful attention to craftsmanship provide a seductive, textured surface that lends itself to the natural subject matter of her work. In 2014, Black was the recipient of a 1% for art grant awarded to her for her installation of six large pulp paintings featuring the white birch, the state tree of New Hampshire. Other examples of her pulp paintings are in hospitals, corporate offices, private collections, and town halls and libraries throughout the United States.

Thank you Helen for featureing my work on your blog. I have been following Helen’s blog for years-so happy to have my own feature and am enjoying my 15 minutes of fame with Helen’s readers.

Making progress on a large scale garden painting.

Meg Black featured on Helen Hiebert Paper Talk podcast

Meg Black

Using overeaten abaca and a spoon to paint a garden in bloom.

My day in Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France.

Claude Monet is famous for painting many subjects: water lilies, cathedral facades, footbridges, and of course, his garden’s at Giverny, France, where he moved to in 1883. Monet did not like organized gardens common in other parts of France such as the Gardens at Versaillies. In Giverny, he arranged flowers according to their colors and left them to grow naturally, more in keeping with the picturesque gardens of England or the Zen Gardens of Japan.
I visited Monet’s gardens with my mother a few years ago-the ultimate mother/daughter field trip, where I walked the path of the great impressionist artist and took inspiration from his famous gardens.
My painting, Monet’s Garden, Giverny was inspired by this famous garden. The trellis and sweeping vines, rows of pink, orange, and peach blooms, topped with a kaleidoscope of greens, captures the essence of this very special place in France, and in the hearts of art lovers everywhere.

The painting in situ. To order the painting, to order a print of the painting.

Using over-beaten abaca to my seascape painting of the Cape Ann coastline.

The finished painting. Cape Ann Shoreline, 2020. Mixed media painting.

Last summer I received a call from the U.S. State Department Art in Embassies program director.The U.S. Ambassador to Belgrade would like to have an exhibition of American seascape artists for the embassy residence for the year 2021. The Art in Embassy staff shared my website with the Ambassador. He read my blog posts about the painting Cape Ann Shoreline and requested it for the exhibit.


I cannot tell you how honored I am to be included in an exhibit that celebratesAmerican seascape artists to diplomats, foreign officials and visitors to the embassy from all corners of the world.

Me in front of my painting Cape Ann Shoreline, (2020). 40 x 40 x 4 inches. Mixed media (abaca and cotton pulp, pigment, acrylic paint, mounted on Gator Board).