'Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.' by Thomas Merton
My oil and mixed media paintings are inspired by the idiosyncrasies and play between the contrasts and contradictions of the earth's natural wonders.
Whether using bold color or subtle nuances, my abstract creations develop from an internalized emotional experience. My work is characteristic of large areas of blended paint interrupted by abrupt contrasts of color, texture, metal or found objects.
Using my canvas as a map, my memories of travel and soul expressions are visually interpreted often using ‘unconventional' mediums to take the viewer on a thought-provoking journey. I do not work from photographs; my inspiration comes from a personal connection with ‘earthy' textures and movement, or even from my personal meditation. Although, I paint both subjective and non-subjective abstracts, I am continually drawn to my interpretation of the vastness, openness and temperament of the land, sky and ocean.
Melanie was fortunate to travel both in the U.S. and in Europe while growing up; as well as spending time in Panama. She was introduced to new cultures, varied landscapes and artwork that peaked her own interest in art.
Melanie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Painting and a minor in Ceramics from Texas Tech University, 1976. Fortunate to study with painting with professors Paul Hannah and Hugh Gibbons -- experimental painting had NO limits! Melanie has also studied with
abstract painter, Tadashi Hawakawa and his mentorship breathed new energy and enthusiasm into Melanie's artwork, where she began sharing her art work with the public on a larger scale. Melanie participates juried art shows, curates, and teaches private and group painting classes with an emphasis in abstract expressionism.
Other opportunities include: Artist in Residence in Chacala, Mexico, as well as showing her work Internationally in Los Arcos Galeria de Arte, Chacala Mexico in 2016 and Nagasaki Museum of Art's LELA Exhibition in Nagasaki, Japan in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
Residing in Colorado, Melanie has artwork in private collections throughout the United States. Melanie is currently represented by Mirada Fine Art Gallery in the Denver area, The Walnut Gallery in Longmont, CO. and Red Lodge, MT.