'Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.' by Thomas Merton
Some people write in journals to document their life path, I paint. My abstract paintings are a look into my soul, an exploration into places I've traveled and reflections of my journeys, both conscious and unconscious, which are burned into my mind and interpreted onto canvas. Emotions evoked during these 'moments in time' occur innately through a powerful personal connection that comes to life in my paintings.
A keen observer my surroundings, I'm drawn into nature which is always a source of inspiration with its contradictions and contrasts, peacefulness and drama -- it's a place where I can block out the rest of the world and 'feel'.
Growing up with a life of adventure and love of the outdoors, Melanie's travels began at an early age with extensive family travels introducing her to new cultures and landscapes, both of which have influenced her art on many levels. Although artistic talent is in her family, it was a high school history teacher, by shear coincidence, who encouraged Melanie's first serious interest in art. That constant encouragement soon led to artistic passion and self-confidence, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and a minor in Ceramics from Texas Tech University in 1976.
Viewing art as a continuous experiment of self-expression, there is never a lack of inspiration. Through my 'rose colored glasses' I see things differently. I see layers of movement in clouds, water and landscapes. I'm fascinated with textures, form and the power nature holds. Over the years, my paintings have become more personally meaningful; my wisdom and state of mind are at a place of peacefulness, but I am still very aware of the dichotomies that make life tranquil and challenging at the same time .. the contrasts that make art interesting.
Melanie participates in award winning art shows; teaches private and group painting classes with an emphasis in abstract expressionism. She has artwork in private collections throughout the U.S. and has been a presenter in art forums, workshops; Artist in Residence in Chacala, Mexico, as well as showing her work Internationally in Los Arcos Galeria de Arte, Chacala, Mexico and Nagasaki, Japan.
Melanie's artwork is represented in Colorado at Mirada Fine Art Gallery. In Park City, Utah at Poison Creek Design and in Red Lodge and Bozeman, Montana.
Melanie's art studio is in Evergreen, Colorado where she is surrounded by Colorado's never-ending beauty and inspiration.