about the artist

Megan Spiers is an artist, researcher and educator. For more than thirty years, she has produced exceptional fine art in the traditional realism style for private commission and exhibitions. Her teaching experience is wide-ranging with positions held in schools, university and adult education campuses, and the corporate sector. She has taught in a fascinating array of locations including remote communities in Arnhem Land and English language colleges in London, Oxford and Cambridge. In 2020, she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy for her thesis on Aboriginal Education, the culmination of a lifelong passion for improving the cultural responsiveness of teachers and the future pathways of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This unique combination of highly refined artistic capability and diverse experience in multicultural contexts continues to inform her creative arts practice and research career in Australia and overseas.

Dr Megan Spiers can be reached by email: artist@meganspiers.com

Megan Spiers oil sketch September Beach SA
the artist at work – september beach, port lincoln national park, south australia

notable achievements

  • 2020 Privately commissioned painting of Royal Australian Navy ships for a Senior Naval Officer’s farewell. The artist’s accuracy in depicting the ships received praise from the Chief of Navy at the Canberra event.
  • 2019, 2018 Volunteer tutor for ‘STEP into Plein Air’ event during National Tree Week, by request of NatureArt Lab, with a brief introductory talk followed by a painting session in the beautifully landscaped Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP) at the National Arboretum, Canberra.
  • 2018 Presented a commissioned painting of “HMAS Adelaide” to her Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Earley, and the Ship’s Company in a clear lower deck ceremony on board. The Ship’s Welfare Committee had commissioned the painting with the intention of producing fine art prints for farewell gifts and for visiting VIPs.
  • 2017 Privately commissioned painting of Pink Cockatoos, also known as Major Mitchell Cockatoos, hangs in a beautiful homestead surrounded by the orchard valleys and vineyards of the Adelaide Hills.
  • 2016 Hosted a one-day art workshop at Jerrabomberra Wetlands following a presentation on the artist’s process to the Wildlife and Botanical Artists society, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra.
  • 2015 Privately commissioned painting of the “International Fleet Review 2013”, presented by a Senior Naval Officer to the Chief of Navy. The painting commemorated the event as a montage of iconic moments.
  • 2016 Donated the painting “Love, Life and Demise” to Birdlife Australia’s Threatened Bird Network group exhibition ‘Birds + Us’ as part of a fundraising initiative at Claire Layman Gallery, Melbourne. 
  • 2014 Donated a promotional image of the painting “Ahead of the Storm” to the inaugural Australasian Bird Fair. The artist gave a free painting demonstration at the weekend event with prints and merchandise for sale.
  • 2013 Third solo exhibition titled ‘Taking Flight’ at the Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden NSW.
  • 2013, 2012, 2011 Exhibited paintings at the Sydney Royal Show NSW.
  • 2011 Second solo exhibition titled ‘Feather & Ochre’ at the Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden NSW.
  • 2011 Won Highly Commended Miniature Art prize for “Reading Tolstoy” at the Sydney Royal Show NSW.
  • 2010, 2009, 2008 Exhibited paintings at the Sydney Royal Show NSW.
  • 2009 First solo exhibition titled ‘Each Bird, Every Song’ at the Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden NSW.
  • 2006 First international solo exhibition titled ‘Impressions of the Middle East’ held in a private residence in Salmiya, Kuwait. Officially opened by the Australian Ambassador to Kuwait.
  • 1990s – 2000s Contributed paintings to the group exhibition ‘Environment Day’ at Morpeth Gallery in Hunter Valley, NSW and to group exhibition ‘Starry Starry Night’ among others at Framed Gallery in Darwin, NT.
  • 1990s Commenced artistic career in group exhibitions at festivals in Kakadu National Park, NT.
copyright megan spiers
the artist, australasian bird fair, sydney

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