Spring Study oil painting with trees and sky


Megan Ward

Megan painting and looking at brush

Megan is an artist based in Peterborough, Ontario, who graduated from OCAD University in 2012 with a BFA in Drawing & Painting. The final year of her degree was completed in the Florence Program at OCADU’s studio in Italy. She became an elected member of the Colour and Form Society in 2023.

Left hand holding paintbrushes in front of painting

Meg’s medium of choice is oils, but she also uses acrylics, drawing materials, collage, writing and digital processes in developing her work. She paints expressively using a fluid mixture of representational and abstract approaches. Her landscapes respond to season, mood, and other symbolic aspects of natural cycles. Emotionality is conveyed through the changeability of weather. Recent still life pieces refer to traditional painting processes and celebrate the poetic qualities of objects. Often working directly from observation, rich palettes and painterly brushstrokes establish a sense of character. Slight exaggeration of hue and playfulness around the edges of each form add nuance and movement to quiet compositions.

Megan with her father looking through binoculars

"I've always observed my inner and outer worlds with quiet curiosity and I developed a strong imagination in childhood. Reading playing an integral role in the evolution of my creative flexibility. Painting as a vocation came later—an interest that deepened slowly with encouragement from family and teachers. As an avid consumer of art in all its forms, I believe in its powers to help us celebrate our vitality, and to learn about ourselves and the world around us."

Meg holding large painting

Hexagon Studios as a brand evolved from idea of the bee, which is often used to emphasize the qualities of creativity, communication, and dedication. These are foundational elements in a fulfilling artistic life. Now something of a family crest, the bee was originally chosen as a logo by Meg’s mother Joanne for her graphic design business, Beeline Design & Communications.

In 2015, they were looking for new workspace when they came across a building for sale that reminded them of a beehive. This ultimately became a family property with room for their studios.