Meg Ricks


Meg Ricks Aubagne Hike
“I find myself circling around landscapes, with some more realistic, some more abstract pieces, until I feel I have captured the feeling of a place…. It delights me when other people respond to my work with a sense of recognition, not necessarily of the the view, but of a shared human feeling in nature, whether serene or raw.

Currently, I live mostly in California, but I grew up in the Northeast, and travel a lot. Most recently, I spent three months in the south of France, painting plein air practically every day. With strong ties to Massachusetts, I spend time in and around the marshes and ocean, and the hills, in that rugged state, with its pronounced seasons.

My great-grandfather started the first organization that helped people preserve private land for future generations,the Boston-based Trustees of Reservations, and I have been involved in saving open space much of my life. To live along the beautiful and warm Central Coast of California, where so much open space has been preserved by artists, and where I can almost always paint outside, is a daily joy.”


Meg has painted all her life, and had her first solo show in 8th grade. After traveling to Afghanistan to teach English at 19, she returned to Barnard College, Columbia University, to major in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, while continuing studies in art history and fine art with Columbia and Art Students League faculty. A career in psychology, academic and applied,  sidetracked her from the art for a while, but she happily returned and has studied and has painted full time in Santa Barbara for years now.

Meg is passionately involved with open space preservation, and loves painting with SCAPE, Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment. She has a long term solo show at the University Club in Santa Barbara, near Alice Keck Park Garden, and shows regularly in Carpinteria, Los Olives as well as at SCAPE shows.


June, 2015, “From Hills to Harbor” won second place at the Artists Guild of Santa Ynez show, “The Road Less Travelled” Juror: Chris Pavlov

May, 2015- Meg’s painting, “Campus Point from Hope Ranch,”  was chosen for all the publicity for Carpinteria Art Center’s next show, “California Dreaming”

November 6, 2014 – Juror’s Choice Award for “Nojoqui Trickle” Channing Peake Gallery, SCAPE Santa Barbara County Parks Show, Juror: David Gallup

September 19, 2014, Honorable mention for pastel, “Fire in the Canyon” at the SCAPE show celebrating 50 years of the wilderness act at the Arts Foundry, Santa Barbara.  Juror: Patty Jaquemain

June 14, 2014 2nd Prize for  pastel over monotype, “What Lies Beneath” in the Carpinteria Arts Center Show, ” Driven to Abstraction”  and Honorable Mention for oil painting, “Hills to Harbor”, Juror: Rick Stich


“Two Rivieras: Santa Barbara and France”, University Club of Santa Barbara, Ongoing, with regular changes of paintings



Carpinteria Plein Air Painters-2014, 2015, 2016, Zooker’s, Carpinteria

Mayor’s Office, Santa Barbara, California, October 2014-February 2015

Westmont Museum , September 2014,,

Santa Barbara Arts Fund, November, 2014

Juried shows:

“Nojoqui Trickle II” was juried into the show, “Nature in Motion” at the Wildling Museum in Solvang, California.

SCAPE-Bacara Show, April, 2013, 2014 and 2015;  Fairview Gardens show, February, 2016, Art Along the Creek, 2013, 2015, 2016; Carpinteria Arts Center, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, Artist Guild of Santa Ynez, 2014, 2015, 2016

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