I am an expressionist painter, pouring emotion, color and stories into my artwork. Tho my series may differ somewhat from each other, and my media choices vary, the heart of what I communicate does not change. My expressions of joy, tranquility and love for nature permeates every piece of artwork.
I have been a creative person all my life, but I didn’t really understand that because so much of my creativity came in the form of physical movement. In 2001 a virus left me with a post-infectious chronic illness taking away my physical abilities. This led me to the wonderful discovery of my creative self in painting. I began with watercolor and still love the exciting dance between water and paint.
I learned some beginning basics of drawing and composition in college, but am largely self-taught. I've learned and developed my skills through in person workshops, online resources, books and lots and lots of exploration! I began selling my artwork in 2005.
One Gallery - Hilo, Hawaii
Banyan Gallery - Hilo, Hawaii
Volcano Garden Arts - Volcano, Hawaii
Exhibits and Awards
2022 - The Healing Power of Arts Inspired by Nature Juried Exhibition - Special Recognition Award. Curated by Renee Phillips of Manhattan Arts International
2022 - HIAA Hawaii Nei Juried Art Exhibition
2021 ~ HIAA Hawaii Nei Juried Art Exhibition
2020 - HIAA Hawaii Nei Juried Art Exhibition
2020 - HIAA Abstracts Only Juried Art Exhibition
2020 Featured Artist, One Gallery, Hilo HI
2020 - Banyan Art Stroll Juried Exhibit, Hilo HI
2019 - HIAA Hawaii Nei Juried Art Exhibition
2010 - 2nd Place in the SWWS Spring Show
2009 - Honorable Mention in the SWWS Spring Show
Finding my art on Hawaii Island...
~ One Gallery, 186 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo Hawaii (map)
~ Banyan Gallery, 71 Banyan Drive, Hilo Hawaii (map)
~ Volcano Garden Arts, 19-3834 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Hawaii (map)
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Melanie's Art Stories
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