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Collectors respond to the contemporary style and the expressive way in which she paints. “I love the expanse of the marshlands, the big cloudscapes, the scenery is dramatic and I try to express that in my landscape paintings. When you’re out painting “en plein air” in these isolated places it feels like you have the world to yourself. The subtle shifts of light can in a moment calm or energize the environment.” Her paintings are color sensations, passionate responses, and magical experiences.
"Nature sparks my passion to paint, and the love for the subject matter becomes my inspiration to express and share the excitement that I am feeling. Color is my most important tool—I use it to capture the essence of the subject and to represent my emotional response to the visual experience. Color uplifts one's spirit and transports us into a mood of serenity or excitement. My passion finds its expression in the effect of shifting light and spontaneous directness of brushwork.
I have traveled throughout Europe to experience the light and atmosphere which has become the inspiration and spirit for the creation of my paintings."
"Melissa has been creating her original abstract paintings on canvas for over a decade and recently released a line of hand painted glassware. Her glassware can be found in fine interior boutiques across the Southeast, the Atlanta Neiman Marcus Holiday Pop-Up Shop and at Spotlight on Art in Atlanta. She has collaborated with Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn to produce print canvas artwork inspired by her original designs. Other collaborations include an exclusive line of original hand painted acrylics on paper and glassware with Dear Keaton and Cindy Ensor Jewelry Designs."
By subtle changes in context or the physical characteristics of an otherwise simple subject, Meharg aspires to elevate object to symbol. Meharg's work is rendered with a focus on physical change over time, which may occur over many years or in a rapid moment, beckoning both an imagined past and an often precarious future.
"The nature of light fascinates and fills my work, particularly reflected light. The true nature of the spectrum changing across our visual world is fascinating to me. A realist by trade and training, what I see calls to explore the abstract nature of light and form via a layered application of oil or acrylic paint."
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Much of her inspiration stems from the sights, sounds and colors around her; from the quiet moments reflecting at the beach, the endless walks and time spent in nature, to the crowds at art festivals and venues, from her children, to the everyday insanity and normalcy of “life”. When she takes these experiences and heads into the studio, a sense of serenity and passion offer her a platform where she can detach from the many distractions of the world and simply “create”.
"My work is like a vignette of another world, another dimension. I have always incorporated three main themes in my art: rendering of negative space; patterning; putting order on chaos. Using this vocabulary, I create mixed media works on paper, canvas and wood."
"Tumbling underneath waves amidst effervescent aqua tones, my compositions are fresh and original expressions of the colors and patterns of water in motion. I use my imagination to distill the kinetic essence of something never at rest.
Irregular shapes of green and blue cover the canvas, reminiscent of the brilliant marine hues that convey water in 19th century Japanese woodblock prints.
Close inspection reveals rough, textured surfaces from the thick application of media on linen, including oil, acrylic and oil pastel, reiterating the earthly and organic nature of my subject."
"Paintings are basically a collection of memories...each painting is not so much a specific scene, but a memory."
Various levels of truth, deception, love, anger, reverence and humorous sarcasm permeate my current paintings. Through realistic narratives, I wish to provoke without merely shocking. It takes no great gift or artistic acumen to shock for shock's sake. Arrogance and visual insolence should not be construed as intellect or artistic skill.
Realism enhances the viewer's ability to interpret the work by easily recognizing the unembellished, literal subject matter and applying it to their own experiences and understanding of that subject matter.