Raised in Calgary, AB, Melanie grew up creative and curious. Her artistic leanings eventually led to her enrolment at ACAD where she studied in the Visual Communications program. Her design skills and manual aptitude landed her in the professional picture framing industry where she incorporates all aspects of her art education. The framing business keeps her connected with artists and the arts community, enhances her own art practice and supports her (outrageous!) addiction to art collecting and framing. Melanie paints regularly in her studio and is a member of a painting society. She participates in a variety of workshops, is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and is an active member of the Leighton Art Centre.
Addressing themes of cultural memory, preservation and our nostalgic connections to societal artefacts, my work focuses on the fading icons of our modern timescape. I am enchanted by the elegant erosion of man-made constructs and nature’s perseverance within metropolitan environments. Snapshots of familiar neighbourhood scenes such as weathered fences, corroding dumpsters, and colorful clotheslines are reflected in playfully painted Urban Vignettes.
Articles & Links
Galleries West – April 2017
Motion Gallery – November 2016
Raw Artists – VERVE December 2016