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Artist Krystii Melaine


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Krystii Melaine is a figurative and portrait artist on a journey of artistic exploration of the American West. Classically trained in the realist tradition of the old masters, Krystii captures the essence of each personality or creature and provides us with a glimpse into their lives, using the richness and subtlety of oil paints on linen to tell their stories. 
 
Born in the Australian town of Bairnsdale, Victoria, Krystii Melaine was a quiet child who carefully observed the people and wildlife encountered in her life. Announcing at the age of four that she was going to be an artist, Krystii won her first art competition at seven. Constantly drawing and painting, she was selling paintings and accepting commissions by the age of fourteen. Following university studies in painting, drawing and graphic design, Krystii established her own fashion design company. By her early twenties she had developed it into one of the largest bridal and evening-wear companies in Australia. Employing 50 staff and showing her designs around the world gave her great insight into human nature. Through the process of designing and fitting elaborate gowns for individual clients, Krystii gained an intimate understanding of the human form and the structure of clothing, and this knowledge informs her portraiture and figurative paintings today.
 
A burning desire to return to painting led Krystii to five years of study in traditional tonal realism with renowned Australian artist, Graham Moore, where she developed her skills in portraiture, figurative and still life painting. A trip to the USA in 1998 rekindled Krystii's fascination with the American West and was the catalyst for her ongoing quest to develop a unique artistic interpretation within the Western Art genre. Krystii's paintings capture moments in the everyday lives of Native American people, the story of westward migration along the trails, and the many other characters who shaped [...]

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