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Melissa Shawnee

Painting/Acrylic/Ink, Drawing

1455 Yarmouth, Boulder CO 80304


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Melissa Shawnee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Southern Connecticut State University in 1999. In the winter of 2012, she directed new focus to painting, and had her first show in 2014. Since then, her work has been shown throughout the Boulder/Denver area, winning awards in both cities for her piece, ‘rise and shine.’

Always ready to challenge herself, she works in 3 styles.
In Melissa’s realistic paintings, she uses the technical skill of molding to bring life and drama to inanimate objects. By using light and shadow with great contrast as well as subtle transition, she is able to bestow upon her subjects undeniable emotion, giving life to the lifeless. 

In her figurative works, Melissa is expressing the energy of life and transformation. To remind you that energy is never created or destroyed, merely transformed, is the purpose behind these works. Melissa is using life forms, morphing with movement, grace and fluidity, to express the journey of this human life, and what lies beyond.

And, in her abstracts, you can see cityscapes and landscapes, created with palette knife and brushwork, to evoke the blurred memories of places visited and dreamed of. Using these tools helps to push paint and incorporate the wet acrylic, expose undertones, and create a palpable feeling of fleeting memories.

Her inspiration comes, in part, from the iconic pop images of Warhol, the dramatic use of light by Dutch Masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer, and the surreal, weird, wonder of Salvador Dali. 

Melissa’s intention is to bring joy and intrigue, to make the viewer stop and step in for a closer look. She currently shows her work out of Beehive Hair Studio, her hair and art studio in Boulder, CO.

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