September Light, Essex Marshes (2018). 56 x 24 inches. Private Collection

Submitted by Meg Black


Client: Private Donor.

Location: Gloucester, MA, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $4,500

Project Team


Meg Black

Meg Black Studios


Gary Tardiff

Culinary Photo


I had known the collector for years having met her through a gallery exhibition. She had purchased several of my handmade paper paintings, but this was the first time she commissioned me for a particular piece. We chose a subject we both loved-the marshes that grace the north shore of Boston in early autumn when the colors are so spectacular: reds, oranges, greens, gold against the fiercest of blue skies and deep plums and aqua of the marsh waters.


This living space is tastefully designed using a palette that works with the local nature: smoky blues, golds, oranges and deep greens. Along with my commissioned painting, it incorporates original artwork from a variety of artists, stylistic trends, and time periods. The home is very close to the ocean on the north shore of Boston, Massachusetts. The salt air permeates the space both figuratively and literally affording a celebration of this historical place in American history. By using handmade paper pulp made from abaca-the same material sailors used for rigging-to paint the imagery, connected the subject of the marshes with the materials used to create the work.


I worked closely with the patron and had several in-progress cliques to ensure the painting met the ideas we discussed at the beginning of the project

Additional Information

I just love how the painting fits into this space over the fireplace and announces itself to the patron and visitors to her home. The colors are so spectacular and the marshes are so colorful one senses the salt air permeating from the painting's surface.