Artist Melanie Frey

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I find joy expressing creativity through painting and delight in painting from inspiration as well as commissioned work.  The beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona is home and where my studio has been based for 20 years.  I enjoy what I call "characterized realism", capturing subjects with slight exaggerations and brighter colors.
I approach painting as I have my many moves and world-wide travel, with anticipation and a desire to convey what I have found interesting, fascinating and beautiful.   Creating a painting is a journey in itself: the inspiration, subjects and motivations are endless; from man's best friend (pets) to African herds; dusty old missions to windswept lighthouses; desert blossoms to beckoning still-life.  
I am especially drawn to painting pets and animals.  Family pets bring joy, happiness and companionship to so many of us.  I'm honored to capture their uniqueness on canvas.  In my youth I reveled in my grandparent's farm life in central California.  From that exposure I developed an enjoyment and respect of domesticated animals and agriculture.  I'm enjoying being a grandparent myself now and feel I'll have many more figurative paintings to include in the years ahead.  
The artistic qualities of my Naval aviator father has also been an inspiration to me throughout my life.  He painted realism, drew his squadron mascots and has always enjoyed drawing cartoon characters.
I have attended university art classes, independent schools, workshops with gifted instructors, and blessed with artistic mentors.  My paintings, prints, and cards are in homes throughout the U.S. and abroad.
     Virginia Commonwealth University
     Radford University
Independent Schools:
     Scottsdale Artists' School
     Sedona Arts Center
Professional Affiliations:
     Arizona Art Alliance - Juried Member
     Sonoran Arts League - Juried Member
     National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society

"How many are Your works, Lord!  In wisdom You made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures."  
Psalm 104:24


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