Melanie’s studio at home in the Cotswolds is located only moments away from the woodlands she walks daily and paints within. A base in Beer allows her to explore the diverse Jurassic coastline regularly where she can be found on the beach in all weathers, surrounded by paint splattered pebbles.
In the 90’s Melanie took a Fine Art Painting degree, going on to happily teach in secondary school for 20 years. She rediscovered her artist’s voice painting in Beer where she fell in love with the possibilities of creating evocative artwork that mirror the energy she feels whilst painting. Her creation of paintings en plein air offers opportunities for looser explorations of colour and mark making. Paintings started on location, often requiring only a few additional marks and a lick of varnish once back in the studio.
“I am constantly surprised by the momentum of my work. Immediate decisions about shape and colour are swiftly superseded by unconscious responses to the patterns and textures that build. The relinquishment of control during the initial stages leads to an ever-evolving composition that seems to find its own way to the surface. The urgency I feel when painting the last layer, often mirrors that of the initial flurry. The final lush daubs of paint and sprayed flashes of ink frame layers of underpainting that become little jewels waiting to be discovered”
Since turning professional Mel has had a solo exhibition in Cheltenham, she was selected to exhibit at Saatchi’s The Other Art Fair, was awarded Artist in Residence at WWT Slimbridge and runs her own 3-day painting workshops in her beloved Cotswold landscape.
Marine House at Beer is delighted to welcome Mel to our portfolio of artists. (March 2019)