Artist Melissa Walton

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Hi, I’m Melissa.  I am always asked, “Why pastels?”  I must admit, it was love at first sight.  To this day, when I look at a gorgeous display of open stock colors my eyes grow wide with excitement.  The possibilities are endless.  The colors are all there.  The combinations and marks have the ability create passion and convey excitement and evoke many different moods.  They are impulsive and make a statement.  Their ability to evolve and morph the subject with subtle layering is something that only the pastel medium can capture.  Because of this, I have spent the last decade perfecting my technique and honing my skills.  While I experiment with many different subjects, my favorite remains the Virginia countryside.  No matter how far I travel, it always feels like home and this is the feeling I try to capture in my landscapes.  Favorite days, happy memories, moments that take your breath away that are preserved through a painting - this is what art is to me. 
My current series “Head in the Clouds” prominently features skyscapes.  Some of these are a literal interpretation, others are imagined based on harmonious color schemes or a whimsical variation of clouds.  Skies seemed a natural choice for me to focus on as a body of work.  I can still hear my mother’s voice in my head saying, “Melissa, pay attention to where your walking” as I gazed up at the clouds.  I have always loved their soft edges and many layers and subtle color variations of warm and cool tones.  I feel I have been studying them my whole life.  This is what I hope to convey to the viewer of this series.
About the artist:
Melissa Walton is a Richmond, Virginia-based artist specializing in the pastel medium.  She focuses on dynamic compositions that convey the atmospheric [...]

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