I am an artist working in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
I can recall watercolour painting next to my mom at the kitchen table from a young age, curious and fascinated by how the colour moved. As an adult, I studied art first at the University of Alberta, then at Julian Ashton Art School in Australia. I combine my love of art with my other passion, teaching art at every opportunity. My work has been featured at Gallery @501 and the Edmonton International Airport, and is part of the permanent collection of Strathcona County.
My artistic process is a combination of disciplined study and intuitive investigation. I paint cloud studies as a way to develop fluency in colour, form, and paint handling. The sky is never the same twice, and while I have painted over 200 studies, I haven’t yet run out of inspiration! These inform my expressive work: large expressive sky paintings built by layering scenes and views from ordinary life, imbued with metaphor.
Melissa is represented by Bay 1 Gallery. Her work has been collected in Canada, the USA, and Europe.
Learn more about Melissa below:
A conversation with curator Alexis Marie Chute about the creative process.