Margaret (Meg) Bussey was born and grew up in Warrenton, Virginia with three younger brothers. Her high school art teacher was a model for the practice of painting on-site, and through the school she had opportunities to do commercial and volunteer projects in posters, theatre sets, costumes, and also her first teaching job: watercolor.
She graduated from the College of William and Mary as a Studio Arts major and a dance minor, adding choreography and printmaking to her experience and interests. She completed a second bachelor's degree in art education at the University of Minnesota.
After another round of life back in Virginia while her husband attended graduate school, Bussey earned an MFA at the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1987.
Since earning her degrees, she has taught classes and workshops in studio art, including drawing, painting, watercolor, life drawing, printmaking and papermaking to both adults and children, currently teaching class at the University of Minnesota, College of Visual Art and Anoka Ramsey Community College. She has been active as a coop member of Highpoint Center for Printmaking and has maintained a studio space with a lithography press in the Northrup King Building in NE Minneapolis for many years.