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Artist melanie J. Ferguson


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The Artist Says:


 
Melanie’s abstract and mixed media artwork is the manifestation of her internal world, that of emotions, memories and dreams. Found objects, papers encountered in Melanie’s travels or daily life are incorporated into many of the paintings, adding a deeply personal element.  She sets out to capture textures, beautiful colors and shapes on canvas.  "I want to create art 
that stops my viewer in their tracks, reminds them of memories or places they have been.  I want to pass 
on the essence of an image, landscape, or a beautiful color.   I want to show the viewer what I see and feel.  I want my viewer to be an active participant, and hope they find a piece of themselves that resonate with my art.  It's an unveiling of images, feelings, places, which I transform, and play out on the canvas, anything goes!"
Melanie grew up in the mountains of Utah surrounded by its natural beauty, and nature's palette was my first introduction to color.  I'm obsessed with color, and different ways  to create vibrant, unique, combinations of color.  
My art is the manifestation of my internal world, color combinations and marks are my story.
Found objects, gorgeous colors, beautiful papers and patterns encountered in my travels and daily life are
incorporated into many of my paintings, adding a deeply personal element.  My process is all about finding balance,controlling the creative flow using color, texture and quiet spaces for the eye to rest.
 


 






Biography


Melanie Ferguson’s distinctive artistic style reflects a lifelong commitment to curiosity, wonder and beauty. She grew up in Utah’s spectacular Wasatch Mountains, exploring the mysteries of nature at her family’s lake cabin, where her free-spirited grandmother inspired her to live life on her own terms.
 
To pursue the adventurous life she craved, Melanie realized she’d have to leave her family roots and her community. At the University of Utah, she took art classes, studied French and dreamed of living and painting in Paris. She moved first to Los Angeles, but marriage and family responsibilities prevented her from pursuing art school and the career she’d envisioned.
 
Meanwhile, staying connected with art through classes and workshops proved a happy reprieve. When her two daughters left for college, Melanie relished her newfound freedom to travel, study and paint. She began to enjoy success; her plein air landscapes were selected for gallery shows and sold to collectors.
 
Then Melanie’s 30-year marriage—and her world—fell apart, she decided to stay strong and find a new path forward.  Her art career took off, and finally Melanie was able to fully commit to her art.  Through it all, her art took a deeper, more emotional path.  
“I was no longer interested just in creating pretty pictures,” she says. “I became more interested in looking beneath the surface and sharing with others what I see.”  Three words that describe her art are Experimental, Intuitive, and Colorful.  
 
Today, Melanie is remarried and again living in Utah, with her husband, Greg, and their Golden retriever, Joey. Her paintings are featured in major shows and sought after by collectors. And she has no regrets about her journey.
 
“I’m thankful for my past,” she says. “When you go through a dark night, you live—and paint—more authentically. Now I can offer my audience a deeper, more meaningful way of looking at [...]

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